Pacific Palisades News
Car Smashes After Hitting Pole
By Krystle Hudson
Sep 19, 2011 - 12:17:05 PM

PACIFIC PALISADES—On Sunday, September 18, a Ferrari crashed into a power pole that knocked out power lines and shut down lanes in both directions. The incident took place on the 17300 block of the West Pacific Coast Highway in the Pacific Palisades area near Malibu. The incident took place around 1:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles City Fire Spokesman Erik Scott.

Ferrari smashes in two after hitting power pole. Authorities investigate the cause of the crash.

The 1999 Ferrari crashed through the power pole and approximately 115 customers were consequently left without power. “It’s unknown when all of the power will be fully restored,” said Kim Hughes, spokesperson for the Department of Water and Power. The car landed onto the beach about 30 feet beneath the road. The car was smashed in two pieces, according to police.

The two men inside were ejected out of the car. One was killed while the other was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center for critical injuries. The Pacific Coast Highway was closed in the Pacific Palisades area with traffic backing up into Malibu.

The closure was extended from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to Temescal Canyon Road. The roads were later reopened and the cause of the crash is still under investigation, but police believe a high rate of speed may have been the cause of this fatal accident.

The incident is being handled by the LAPD West Traffic Division. The names of the two male victims have not yet been released until next of kin can be notified. Power had been restored to all customers by press time.

Anyone with information on this crash is being asked to contact the LAPD West Traffic Division.


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