Friday, March 15, 2019

Updated: Man killed in La Mirada crash identified

Updated 3/16 1:40 a.m.
La Mirada NewsBeat photo

La Mirada-  A man died in a fiery crash overnight when the car he was driving burst into flames after rear-ending a box truck at Imperial Hwy and La Mirada Blvd. at about 1:48 a.m.

Sheriff's investigators think speed may have been a factor in the collision.

Deputies arriving within 90 seconds of dispatch discovered the fire had already been extinguished by an employee from a nearby business who rushed to the burning car with a fire extinguisher.

The violent nature of the impact made it impossible as well as useless for deputies to attempt a rescue of the man from the smoldering and twisted car and he likely died almost immediately. 

Authorities have not released the name of the man.

The driver of the box truck who had been traveling eastbound in front of the victim on Imperial Hwy. was shaken with a very minor head injury and is believed to not have been at fault.

All directions of travel on both Imperial Hwy. and La Mirada Bl was closed near the intersection for more than six hours as deputies conducted their investigation.  A city maintenance crew were sent to the intersection before it was reopened to the public to sand and sweep up fluids from the crash contributing to the extended closure.

Update 6:00 a.m.  The Coroner has cleared the scene and Hadley Tow will be transporting the decedents' vehicle to a storage yard shortly.

Traffic lanes should reopen as soon as a city crew sands down and sweeps up the fluids in the roadway.

6:13 a.m.  A good image from video shot by a Loudlabs freelance videographer that shows that demonstrates the deadly force from the impact.

Sat. 3/16 1:40 a.m.

The man killed Friday morning in a rear-end collision Friday morning was identified as Louis Mitchell Pagano, 30, from Whittier.  Pagano, a long time resident of East Whittier graduated from La Habra High School in 2007.

Additional photos taken less than ten minutes after the accident occurred, A La Mirada NewsBeat exclusive.

A Paramedic from Squad 49 assesses the deceased victim for
signs of life as the car threatens to burst into flames again.
La Mirada NewsBeat photos

A firefighter prepares to extinguish the smoldering fire.

La Mirada NewsBeat photo

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