UPDATED: 1 Person Killed in 5-Way Intersection Crash

One driver was killed Wednesday afternoon in a three-car crash that occurred in the middle of a five-way intersection near the NoHo Arts District, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Lankershim Boulevard collision was reported at 2:15 p.m., said Sgt. Robert White.

He said the driver of a 2004 Toyota Highlander in a northbound left turn lane on Lankershim went straight instead and struck a 2008 Acura TSX heading westbound on Camarillo Street.

The Highlander lost control and crashed into a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was stopped at a red light facing southbound on Lankershim Boulevard, police said.

The driver of the Highlander was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's name was withheld pending notification of kin, police said.

Three other people were transported to a hospital with unknown injuries, he said. 

City News Service was used in compiling this report.
J Lang June 19, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I just saw another accident there a couple days ago! Didn't there used to be "no turn on red" signs? What happened to them?
J Lang June 19, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Pictures: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_23495775/noho-fatal-crash-near-lankershim-and-vineland
David Keesey June 19, 2013 at 08:00 PM
This is one of the most dangerous intersections that many of us mentioned on your blog a month ago.
Many the person rest in Peace. Oh sad . A other reason why we do not need a bike lane down lankershim.
Edward H June 19, 2013 at 08:25 PM
This has no connection to the bike lane you monster.
David Keesey June 19, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Thank you Edward! This seems to be a lead-in to every story Matthew comments on. I find this most appalling Matthew on so many levels. Please limit your comments to the story. Sending healing and love to all those affected by this accident.
Many the person rest in Peace. The light is very hard to see at that interstaction . we need more detail please.
This is a very sarcy intersation I could see how an accitdent happen here. May the person rest in pace. Would it be possible to add the gender of the driver.
Jerry Schiess June 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM
This intersection, as a young man, has always scrared me. I would avoid it for years. Now that im older i have no trouble with it however, due to the recent major collisions there as well as my seeing many people go the wrong way when trying to maneuver that 5 point nightmare i have decided NOT to ever use it again. after all 2 out of 3 of those vehicles did nothing wrong and now 1 is dead. Something definately has to be done with that intersection. i saw this accident there im telling you it was horrible ! Someone didnt make it home today - May they rest in peace. my heart goes out to all involved as well as the surviving members of the deceased.
Doug Mortenson June 20, 2013 at 02:12 PM
This could have happened at any intersection. First of all, the Sgts description doesn't make any sense, the more likely explanation is in the daily news story. The driver of an SUV (killed) ran a red light (headed north on Lankershim) and struck a car heading East on Camarillo (yes, according to the paper, the driver he struck was headed east), after the collision the SUV struck a third car, probably stopped in a southbound Lankershim lane, the SUV ending up on the sidewalk next to the old Blockbuster store. Running a red light at any intersection can cause an accident. In addition, apparently there were beer cans found in the SUV.
irma glutz June 20, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Is there no way to block the moron who keeps making inappropriate, mispelled comments on patch? Re: Intersection of Camarillo/Riverside/Lankershim/Vineland etc.. this has always been a ridiculously dangerous intersection.. This is 2013 .. can't we do something to FIX IT? My visiting friend from Northern Cali calls it the SUICIDE intersection.. because you take your life in your hands everytime you have to access it.. I saw one unfortunate tourist stuck dead center in the 5 points trying to figure out how to go to Universal studios? Maybe Universal could help with funds to remedy this very unsafe intersection?
jcec June 20, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Oh my gosh - I just realized this is about a crash on a day I was not even home. I thought it was about the crash I heard and saw on Tuesday - one day before this one! And there was also one there on Saturday, June 15th, which required at least one passenger to be taken away in an ambulance. ______ I live right on that corner. It's unbelievable how frequent there are crashes in that intersection. You'd think the police and fire departments would want to do something about it so they are not called out there all the time. And when the Unleashed store opens, there will be even more traffic with drivers unfamiliar with the intersection. _____ As mentioned above, yes, there used to be a No Turn on Red heading east on Camarillo but it's been gone for a while.
Bob Peppermuller June 20, 2013 at 06:48 PM
What part of "running a red light" don't you people understand. You can't blame the intersection for someone's ignoring basic traffic laws. I have lived near that intersection for 50 years and travel thru it all the time and have seen it evolve with safety fixes over the years. As for the future I worry more about the residents of the senior housing complex to open soon one block north on Vineland than on the pet store (x Ralphs). Will they have a problem?
So Today I want by were the accident was and I some one who happen to be there when it happen. The person told me that the person who died had beer cans in his postion.
Alex Daniels June 20, 2013 at 09:16 PM
What the #$%^& is up with North Hollywood and car accidents..the city and the 170 fwy is disproportionately riddled with F-en maniac drivers....slow the F down morons!!!...WTF!!!
John J. Nazarian June 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Yes it is very unsafe and the old 'adage' were is a cop when you need one. Drivers do darn near whatever they feel like in that intersection. If you sit and watch you will be shocked at the near misses and you take your life into your own hands trying to cross at any location. LAPD TRAFFIC needs to get involved and like yesterday!
Maria Baird June 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM
I agree with John ^^^^ LAPD Traffic need to monitor that intersection and actually do something about the people constantly running the red light. I live in that area and am often walking through that intersection it is ridiculous the amount of times that people are blowing through that intersection, even crossing the street can be sketchy.
Toluca Lake Observer June 21, 2013 at 03:03 PM
This has nothing to do with potential bike lanes. Take your anger over the 21st century somewhere else. A person died. Have some compassion. Better yet, just go away.
Toluca Lake Observer June 21, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Also, please leave it up to VTD to investigate. We don't need your unverified observations. Patch editors MUST keep an eye on these posts. Based on your inability to construct a basic sentence in the English language, your unfounded conclusions are simply blather.
John J. Nazarian June 21, 2013 at 03:50 PM
The fact that many have less than fantastic spelling is another tragedy! This story is about the lunatics that are on the roads. And we have the Cheif of police and others thinking that not having a license is no real big deal! That intersection is a mess and has always been such! Today, unlicensed drivers, no real respect for traffic laws and generally for anything else! Welcome to 2013 in America, well at least North Hollywood!
Alex Daniels June 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Good point John, I think we need to look at the drivers rather than the roads which have existed in the area for 50 plus years...Reckless or drunk driving should be met with revocation of license...end of story


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