Fatal 2-Car Collision on 101 Fwy in Studio City Snarls Morning Traffic

One fatality and two seriously injured patients backup the eastbound Ventura Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reports.

One person was killed and two others were injured today in a two-vehicle crash on the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway in the Studio City area, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The crash near Coldwater Canyon Avenue was reported at 3:44 a.m. and prompted the closure of all lanes of the eastbound side of the freeway, said CHP Officer Patrick Kimball. Two lanes were reopened shortly before 5 a.m., he said.

CHP Sergeant Abramian told Patch that as CHP officers were investigating the accident, "It looks like these were two individual accidents. The white vehicle (the Toyota Matrix) lost control and stabilized; then the Honda collided with it."

Los Angeles Fire Department rescuers freed a man and a woman from a Toyota Matrix and took them to a hospital, according to a news crew at the scene. Both appeared to be seriously injured.

Asked if intoxication may have contributed to the crash, Abramian said, "We're still investigating, but through our search we did find some evidence in one of the vehicles. We're going to the hospital to talk to some of the victims." 

A man in a Honda Element suffered less serious injuries and was also taken from the scene in an ambulance, the news crew reported.


City News Service contributed to this report.

maria muse February 16, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I hate cars, I hate driving!
shorty February 17, 2012 at 09:17 AM
My Husband and I had just got into bed about 3:30-3:40 a.m.. I was just about to fall asleep when I heard a loud crash, we live right by the 101 freeway off of Coldwater and we knew it had to have been a really bad car accident but was not sure. I asked my Husband if we should go check it out & help but he suggested that we would just be in the way of Ambulance and police. I couldn't help but lay there and wonder what was going on in the minds of those people. it took a good 5 minutes for help to arrive & that's when I knew that it was pretty bad. I pray for their families and friends.. I'd never forget this night.
frank pleitez February 18, 2012 at 05:34 AM
i knew the man that die here..rest in peace we will miss you
debbie leary February 18, 2012 at 06:03 AM
prayers to him and all the family that were involved, we loved you carlos
kalelav February 18, 2012 at 08:35 AM
He was my cousin, he had so many good plans for the future; we all are devastated. We will miss you!
Jorge Arteaga February 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Carlos had a laugh that was contagious ,,,, he was a good man . Rest in peace my friend
victor johnson February 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
from victor jonhson.carlos was a good friend,rest in peace.god bless u my amigo ok
Yami February 19, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Its the other way around with us. I jump up and would go out and help. The wives usually see it another way, and dont want to get involved.
Yami February 19, 2012 at 06:50 AM
There's no traffic at 3am. Some of us aren't impatient and in a hurry all the time. Not weaving in and out of traffic, and we use our turn signals. Gas being $4, we also drive conservatively, like there's an egg under the gas pedal.


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