Fiery Los Feliz Collision Kills Three

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 |

On Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 1:02 AM, four Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, four LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS Battalion Captain and one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 31 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Chris Kawai, responded to a Multi-Fatality Traffic Collision With Fire at 4860 West Los Feliz Boulevard in Los Feliz.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover a mid-sized sedan which had left the pavement before colliding with a large tree on the south side of the road, apparently ejecting three occupants and trapping two others.

The heavily damaged vehicle was ablaze on Firefighters arrival.

Despite the LAFD's quick response and extinguishment of the flames, the vehicle's two trapped occupants and one of the apparent ejectees were beyond medical help, and were declared deceased at the scene. Due to a combination of burn and traumatic injury, their age and gender could not be immediately determined.

Two additional passengers were apparently ejected by the impact, and sustained unspecified critical injuries. They included a 14 year-old male transported to Children's Hospital and a 15 year-old male taken to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

A 59 year-old male, reportedly an acquaintance or relative of the victims, arrived at the collision just prior to Firefighters. He was treated by Paramedics for smoke inhalation and chest pain before being transported to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in fair condition.

Firefighters remained at the scene more than an hour supporting the Police Department, and later returned to assist Coroner's officials with the discrete and dignified removal of the deceased from the wreckage.

A positive identification of those who died, as well as the cause, time and manner of their deaths will be determined by Coroner's officials.

The cause and circumstances of the collision remain under active investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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3 comments:

redcup56 said...

My condolences to the families of the deceased.

Brian, are you able to provide any information to the LAFD response to Long Beach for an apartment fire approximately 10 days ago. In the Daily Breeze, there was mention of two deaths and 10 injuries, but nothing about the units/members who assisted from LA.

Stay safe,

Mark
Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark,

Thank you for your kind words and thoughts, as more than one family enters the holiday season bearing unspeakable grief. Though we don't know the specific cause of this collision, we do hope it will underscore the importance for all of us to use extra care when traveling.

As for the fire in the City of Long Beach...

Our response was one of mutual aid, and in keeping with formal protocol, the Long Beach Fire Department (the agency in charge), is responsible for all media and external relations related to the fire.

Some may have noted my name in a handful newswire stories, but that was merely an affirmation to inquiries that we had responded to assist the well respected and highly capable LBFD.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Jonathan,

Please accept our condolences for your loss. Your comment was not posted because it included a vulgarity. If you wish to resubmit comments without such language, I'll be pleased to publish them here.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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