Hiram Medina, 'Tattoo Artist' From Van Nuys, Dies in Fiery Crash With 405 Center Divide
An SUV reportedly exploded yesterday night after smashing into a center divider (as well as the post holding up an overpass) on the 405 freeway.
Medina was apparently driving a white-and-yellow Chevy Blazer on the 405 South...
... when he hit the Burbank Boulevard bridge around 7:20 p.m., reportedly at a "high speed." The fiery accident caused closures (and miles of stop-and-go traffic) for hours afterward, in both northbound and southbound lanes.
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City News Service reports that dozens of firefighters worked to pull Medina from the mangled vehicle as California Highway Patrol officers conducted their investigation.
"That was my Friend and a Great tattoo Artist," says Facebook user Armando Sandoval, calling the victim a "hard worker and great artist and family man." And Jorge Lias, who says he's the victim's brother, writes that Medina "has a kid name aiden."
One witness describes the horrific crash scene in the Daily News comments:
"I drove by few minutes after the accident. The body was not covered yet. I keep thinking about that man. Very sad. He had no chance of survival."
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