A driver who was killed on April 28 in a solo vehicle collision at Sunset Boulevard and Larrabee Street in West Hollywood has been identified as Lawrence Everett Simons, 45.
Simons was traveling westbound on Sunset Boulevard in a Nissan Altima at approximately 4:20 a.m. and lost control of the vehicle, according to Sgt. Lance Eddins, with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. The Nissan crossed eastbound traffic lanes, drove onto the sidewalk, struck a building under construction and a tree before hitting a traffic signal. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lt. William Nash, with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, said the cause of the collision remains under investigation. He said Simons’ vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred, but it is unclear exactly how fast.
“We are still trying to get an approximate speed the victim was going,” Nash added. “The street is rated at 35 miles per hour, and [judging by] the resulting damage, he was going quite a bit over that.”
Nash added that authorities are looking for surveillance video in the area that may have captured events leading up to the collision. He added that the sheriff’s department’s Traffic Services Detail is conducting the follow-up investigation.
Los Angeles Coroner’s Office spokesman Ed Winter said Simons’ last address was in the 1200 block of Vine Street. Winter said toxicology tests to determine if the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs will likely take months to complete because of backlogs.
Sunset Boulevard was closed from San Vicente Boulevard to Holloway Drive until shortly before 2 p.m. on April 28 while the collision was investigated.
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