Video Released Of Michael Hastings’ Mysterious Car Crash

It’s hard to figure whether this adds to or takes away from conspiracy theories concerning the dramatic and puzzling tragedy. Via LAist:

The grainy video comes from a surveillance camera outside Pizzeria Mozza on Highland Avenue and Melrose not far from the crash site. Michael Krikorian, a writer and the boyfriend of Mozza’s owner Nancy Silverton, turned the video over to LAPD not long after the crash but he only released the video publicly yesterday.

It’s clear from the video that Hastings’ Mercedes-Benz coupe was going incredibly fast. It’s hard to tell, but it look like his brake lights flicker shortly before the crash. The car bursts into flames almost instantly. The engine was found 200 feet from the scene of the crash.

11 Comments on "Video Released Of Michael Hastings’ Mysterious Car Crash"

  1. The brake lights seem to flash at the moment of impact, which could still indicate he was not conscious and forward momentum made him hit the pedal or the pedal move itself forward.

  2. doodahman | Jul 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm |

    See? No plane hit it!

  3. donfarkas | Jul 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm |

    It is assuming a lot to say “it looks like his brake lights flicker.” Certainly, a bright flash of light can be seen to momentarily appear near the rear or underside of the speeding car moments before it explodes into flames after apparently fishtailing onto a median and crashing into a tree. However, that flash of light seems to originate close to the road surface and does not seem split into two brighter areas of concentration as might be expected if two brake lights separated about five feet apart flashed on for a moment. It also seems strange that a driver would only press on his brake petal for a split second, only enough to make the brake lights “flicker” (not even hard enough to leave a skid), and then continue careening on onto a median at full speed without even trying to slow down again by continuing to press on the brake petal, until moments later, crashing into a tree.

    Fortunately, the hypothesis about whether brake lights flickering on can account for the bright flash seen in the security video can be tested by comparing with taking another security video image of a similar 2013 Mercedes Benz C250 traveling along the same route under the same lighting conditions that existed at approximately 4:20 AM on June 18, 2013.

  4. Lookinfor Buford | Jul 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm |

    video looks like a fake? anyone? why does a security camera move around? I dunno, but Hastings death was tragic either way.

    • I can’t say for sure, but it looks to me like a video recording of the playback on a screen. Perhaps taken on a cellphone while watching the CCTV recording.

  5. TiredMemeCat | Jul 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm |

    1) They cremated him without permission from his family. It doesn’t matter what condition the body was in: THEY HAD NO RIGHT WITHOUT ASKING THE FAMILY, PERIOD. *That* is a red flag as glaring as the inexplicably huge, sudden explosion of a near-new car designed by some of the finest automotive engineers in the world.

    2) Where’s the cars’ black box? Or did the LAPD cremate that too?

    3) A man on the eve of starting a very damaging investigative case does not suddenly decide to end it all, or act out his F1 fantasies.

    He was murdered. If you don’t believe so, you’re either a fool or an apologist for FedGov.

    • Saint Eli | Aug 1, 2013 at 7:36 am |

      No doubt about that.. the real question is if it was CIA or FBI (who were investigating him,by his own account), a government hit or a personal vendetta of General McChrystal ,who I am sure knows all kinds of Black-Ops types..
      And sadly there’s no way of knowing.

  6. It looks like the flash does not come from the taillights, but from a single source between them. I do not believe that this is the center brake light as the taillights do not appear to get any brighter, while the flash becomes a good deal brighter than the taillights.

  7. Woobniggurath | Aug 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm |

    It’s a shame he was in such a hurry to pick up Barnaby Jack.

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