Early Tuesday morning, a person was killed after experiencing an accident in Hollywood.
The crash occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue. The accident involved only one vehicle – the one in which the victim was driving.
The identity of the driver has been revealed as Michael Hastings, an award-winning journalist and war corresponded.
According to the police reports, Hastings lost control of his car and it rolled over. It then struck the center divider and ran into a tree. The vehicle then caught fire and it was immediately enveloped in flames.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this point; however, it is likely that speed was a factor. Highland Avenue around the crash was closed for a time to investigate.
Michael Hastings was a well-known journalist, writing for BuzzFeed and Rolling Stones magazine. He also wrote the books The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan and I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story.
He was 33 years old. His death is a great loss to the journalism community.
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