Crime & Justice

2 die in Hollywood collision after traffic stop

Two people, including a Metro worker, were killed when the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro left a traffic stop and slammed into a van at Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street on Dec. 28, 2015.
Two people, including a Metro worker, were killed when the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro left a traffic stop and slammed into a van at Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street on Dec. 28, 2015.
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Two people were killed in a fiery vehicle crash in Hollywood early Monday morning when a car speeding away from a traffic stop collided with a Metro vehicle, police said.

The male driver of the Metro van, who was not yet identified, was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred at Hollywood Boulevard and North Gower Street shortly before 2 a.m. The approximately 20-year-old man driving the car, a Chevrolet Camaro, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Eric Scott.

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A Los Angeles Police Department patrol unit had pulled over the car for a traffic stop and the officer
was walking back to the patrol vehicle to verify the driver's information when the driver took off and crashed into the Metro van, a police spokesman in LAPD's West Traffic Division said.

The van burst into flames, killing its driver, who was the sole occupant, the officer said.

The van was used for Metro facilities maintenance, said Metro spokeswoman Anna Chen.