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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hastings Death Ruled 'Accident'

I've never been in the conspiracy camp, though the theories still run rampant.  Now the coroner in L.A. has ruled the death of the journalist and author Michael Hastings an accident--auto striking fixed object, as they say.  Died instantly.  Andrew Blankstein, the L.A. Times reporter who has covered this, just added in a tweet: "Hastings had 'small amount of Methamphetamine' and THC in system at time of death, coroner says. 'Unlikely contributory to death.'" Autopsy report here.

L.A. Times update:
Hastings had arrived in Los Angeles from New York the day before the accident, with his brother scheduled to arrive later the day of the crash "as his family was attempting to get [Hastings] to go to detox," the report stated.
Hastings was believed sober for 14 years, but had recently begun using drugs again in the past month or so, according to the coroner's office, based on  interviews with family members. 
A medical marijuana card was found in Hastings wallet and had been prescribed for treatment of post-traumatic stress resulting from his time as a war journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hours before the crash, Hastings had last been seen by one witness "passed out" sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know who that witness was. Also, is it the coroner's responsibility to investigate the death scene? I thought he is only looking at the body. The scene of the "accident" tells another story.