More Traffic Fatalities On La Tuna Canyon Rd.

Using the Jaws of Life to extricate one of the survivors of the
latest fatality-laden collision along La Tuna canyon Road.

by David DeMullé

Ed Winters of the L.A. County Coroner’s office identified the two men killed two weeks ago in a three-car fatality accident on La Tuna Canyon Road that injured six other motorists. Argisht Minasian, 31, and Geghard Karami, 19, were identified as the two men killed in the 3:30 p.m. crash along the 9200 block of La Tuna Canyon Road.

The collision occurred when one or more vehicles tried to pass in the two-way passing lane. A witness who was nearly struck by the silver Honda said that he saw a Honda Civic traveling westbound in the center lane strike a Lexus that was heading in the opposite direction. The Honda driver lost control of the car, which ran into another Honda Civic that was also traveling westbound.

The witness said that he saw a gray Honda and a Lexus driving on the wrong side of the road just before the crash. He didn’t know if they were racing as he was watching them in his rearvision mirror.

People coming up on the accident stopped to render aid but they could only get one victim out of one car and the other three victims had to wait for the fire department personnel to free them by using the Jaws of Life.

An LAPD motor officer said that this was the third traffic fatality that he had seen on La Tuna Canyon Rd. this year. “One of the major problems we have here is that there isn’t a current DOT traffic survey in place. We can’t use our lasers to monitor traffic,” he said.

Of note is that in April, 2011, a man by the name of Argisht Minasian, then 26, was arrested in Glendale on suspicion of recklessly evading an officer and an outstanding warrant for possessing a controlled substance. It has not been determined that this is the same person who was driving the Honda.

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