A 69-year-old man was killed less than half a mile away from his home in Playa Vista when the car he was driving rear-ended another vehicle in a seven-car collision on Lincoln Boulevard at Fiji Way, near Marina del Rey Wednesday night, June 20th, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers said.
The man, identified as D. Sean O’Brien by the county coroner, was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officer Francisco Villalobos said. No other injuries were reported.
O’Brien was traveling southbound in the far left lane on Lincoln Boulevard in a 1999 Mercedes convertible at about 8:45 p.m., when a 2003 Mercedes in the lane to his right turned into the far left lane, Villalobos said.
O’Brien then turned into the left-turn lane at Fiji Way, apparently to avoid colliding with the 2003 Mercedes, but was unable to stop before rear-ending a 1999 Lexus in the left-turn lane, the CHP officer said.
“It looks like there was a lane-change that initiated a chain of events,” CHP investigator Dan Morrison said.
It was unclear how close the two Mercedes came to colliding, but the 1999 Mercedes driver changed lanes to apparently avoid hitting the 2003 Mercedes, Villalobos said.
The impact between O’Brien’s vehicle and the Lexus led to a “chain-reaction” collision involving four other vehicles that were stopped in the left-turn lane at Fiji, Villalobos said.
After O’Brien’s Mercedes collided with the Lexus, it subsequently collided with the 2003 Mercedes, which had lost control and struck the vehicles stopped in the left-turn lane at Fiji, the officer said.
The other vehicles involved included a Porsche, a Subaru and two BMWs.
“There were a lot of nice cars involved,” said Chuck Chaves, an engineer with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
California Highway Patrol officers were called to the scene, as well as the Los Angeles County and City fire departments and the County Sheriff’s Department.
Firefighters had to use a Jaws of Life tool to remove O’Brien from the crushed vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Chaves said.
It did not appear that any of the drivers were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, Morrison said.
At least three of the vehicles suffered total damage in the accident, he said.
The CHP is investigating the accident and will evaluate the evidence to determine if any criminal charges will be filed, Morrison said.
Following the accident, officials closed Lincoln Boulevard southbound between Mindanao and Fiji Ways until about 1 a.m. The northbound lanes remained open.