LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A driver was killed in an accident near the 101 Freeway in Hollywood early Thursday morning.
According to California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Vine Street. According to reports from the scene, a Honda Odyssey, crashed through a fence and some trees and hit a residential building.
The driver, identified as 36-years-old Valentin Lorenzo, was transported to the hospital where he died. Upon collision he was ejected from the driver’s seat.
Lorenzo was the driver of the vehicle. Los Angeles police had initially believed that Lorenzo was a pedestrian who was struck by the car. They then thought he was the passenger, before determining he was in fact the operator of the vehicle.
The passenger was treated for injuries on the scene before being taken to the hospital. The identity of that person is unknown. The status of their injuries is also unknown.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. They have determined speed to be a major factor in the incident. They are unsure if drugs or alcohol were involved.
Anyone with information was asked to call LAPD West Traffic detectives at 213-473-0234. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends should be made to 877-527-
Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.
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