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Man Struck, Killed on 101 Committed Suicide, Coroner Rules

The death near Laurel Canyon Boulevard was reported at 9:42 p.m. Saturday.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has ruled a suicide the death of an Irvine man who crashed into a guardrail on the westbound Ventura (101) Freeway, got out of his car and was running into oncoming traffic in eastbound lanes.

The death near Laurel Canyon Boulevard was reported at 9:42 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An autopsy showed George Joseph Szkiba, 43, died of multiple blunt-force trauma, coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

A black Lexus LS430 drifted off the shoulder of the road and hit a guardrail, the car coming to rest in the No. 1 lane, just west of Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Szkiba got out of his car, ran into eastbound lanes and was fatally
struck by a black BMW 750i driven by a 76-year-old Encino man, Bale said.

—City News Service

Lauren Ellen March 29, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Not to mention Sonya I believe George is grateful that no others were harmed during this accident. Imagine the grief if that had happened. If he had run in front of my Celica he would have likely flew through the window and killed my brother and friend. Thankfully there was a fierce brand spanking new BMW where no one else was wounded. Enough with the what ifs but there are things to be grateful for and please believe George would want you to think that as well. As a retired Marine he lived to protect civilians. Only if the officers had known he was a fallen former officer.....
Ashley March 29, 2012 at 01:18 AM
For the fifth time, you have me mixed up with the pregnant woman. Her name was not Ashley; mine is. And I didn't call 911 so I don't know why you keep bringing up my name.
Jay March 29, 2012 at 01:58 AM
That's right Alex or should I call you Tea Party Alex. We need to privatize everything: Paramedics, county hospitals, police, fire and sanitation. That'll do it, i.e. get rid of those horrible unions and public employees once and for all. They are all evil and have made our city, county state and country much worse. So Let's cut taxes to the bone. Turn everything over to the private sector. What a paradise. No more unions, no more public employees and most of all no more government. After all they are to blame for everything that is wrong. Corporations will do whatever is good for the public. That's the kind of country we all want to live in right? Oh right. Look what the banks and corporations did since 2007. No matter it will be better next time when all public employees and unions are gone. That is your Tea Party heaven you desire Tea Party Alex. Isn't it.
JAGR March 29, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Lauren, I removed it because I had you mixed up with another person, and I apologize for that (although it wasn't defamation of character by a long shot, no offense)...this whole thing is a mess and we will never have the answers...no one will be happy with the results, mostly because for the family, a loved one is gone, for the witness', it's a nightmare that's not likely to go away any time soon and for everyone else, it's confusing...nothing will change those things I have just mentioned...the only thing we can hope for is that people find peace in the midst of chaos and that George finds rest...no one will ever know what was on his mind that night..it's only speculation at best, and if speculating that it was a big, horrific, accident, helps the family cope, then let them have that...it doesnt change anything...it's not like it affects his insurance or being able to get a Christian burial...for those who insist that it's suicide, no one knows...that too is speculation...and noone knows George here, cept his fiance...even the police and coroner are speculating because there was no note...they need some kind of answer to put the issue to rest, they use their best judgement..are they always 100% accurate?? no, they aren't, they are doing the best they can with the info they have, from a non emotional standpoint...but I can see how the unemotional reports, etc, can cut wounds in the family...
Lauren Ellen March 29, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Sorry Ashley. Really bad with names. I'll just refer to her as the pregnant one in the fast lane next to the car that saw the accident happen. And since you said you were the second one to the scene I thought you were the pregnant lady in the fast lane ....... Just confused and also as to how you determined he had barely a pulse and. wasn't moving?

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