Traffic collision results in fatality

DOWNEY - The cause of a fatal traffic collision that occurred at 3:23 p.m. on Jan. 15 on Firestone Boulevard is under investigation by the Downey Police Department.The accident occurred when the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet HHR failed to stop as it approached a 1999 Freightliner delivery truck that was stopped for a red light, police said. The force of the collision pushed the delivery truck forward into the rear of a 1999 Oldsmobile that was stopped at the red light. The driver of the HHR was first transported to Downey Regional Medical Center and then to St. Francis Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Both the driver of the Freightliner and the Oldsmobile sustained minor injuries and left the scene with their vehicles after being interviewed. It is unknown why the driver of the HHR failed to stop for the, and the identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to call the Downey Police Department traffic detective at (562) 904-2342 and refer to DR 09-3203. ********** Published: January 23, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 40