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According to KTLA News and other news outlets, authorities identified the
second of two men killed when a car struck him and two other men as they
stood near a stopped vehicle that was on fire on the right shoulder of
the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway. The crash occurred October 2015
in North Hollywood, California. Patrick Josaphat, 21, of Valley Village
died at a hospital the morning after the accident, which occurred about
12:15 p.m. Thursday south of Sherman Way, according to the coroner’s
office and the California Highway Patrol. Lavante Cox, 22, of Hemet died
at the scene, said coroner’s Lt. Ryan Hays.
CHP Officer Leland Tang said a vehicle was pulled onto the right shoulder
because of an engine fire. The driver got out, and the fire department
was notified. Another vehicle then pulled onto the shoulder nearby, and
its four occupants got out, Tang said. At that time, the driver of a 2000
Toyota that was traveling northbound in the No. 3 lane at about 70 mph
swerved to the right, apparently to avoid an unrelated accident that had
occurred in the Nos. 3 and 4 lanes, Tang said.
The Toyota then struck the three men, who were occupants of the vehicle
that had pulled up behind the burning vehicle, Tang said. The Toyota,
with one man lodged in its windshield, continued onto the Sherman Way
offramp and crashed on an embankment, Tang said. The driver of the Toyota,
identified as 41-year-old Ronnie Catap, was taken to a hospital for treatment
of moderate injuries and was not arrested, Tang said.
The crash occurred as firefighters were arriving on scene, and they rendered
aid to the injured people, Tang said.
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