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Coroner Classifies Michael Hastings’ Death As Accidental

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Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone died June 17, 2013, in a single-vehicle crash in Los Angeles. (credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Guardian)

Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone died June 17, 2013, in a single-vehicle crash in Los Angeles. (credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Guardian)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Coroner Tuesday classified journalist Michael Hastings’ death as accidental.

Hastings, 33, died in the early morning hours of June 20 when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed in Hancock Park.

The coroner listed traumatic injuries sustained in the accident as his cause of death.

Toxicology tests also discovered that a “small amount of Methamphetamine and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was detected. Levels indicate prior, but not recent usage,” the report stated.

Hastings, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, won a George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his cover article “The Runaway General” in 2010.

At the time of his death, the award-winning writer believed he was being investigated by the FBI.

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