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LAPD - Central Traffic Division
Wednesday May 4th, 2016 :: 11:12 a.m. PDT


Fatal traffic collision in Hollenbeck Area


Los Angeles- On May 4, 2016, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a fatal traffic collision occurred on Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street in Hollenbeck Area.  The collision occurred when Giovanni Cali, 22 years old and a resident of Los Angeles, and his companion, Esteban Ruiz, were riding their bicycles southbound on Humboldt Street.  As they entered the intersection at Avenue 26, Ruiz saw a vehicle traveling westbound on Avenue 26 and was able to avoid being struck.  Mr. Cali, however, did not see the vehicle and was struck by the oncoming vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, Kazem Samadi, 49 years old, also a resident of Los Angeles, was interviewed and released at the scene.  He was not under the influence of drugs or narcotics.

The cause of the collision still under investigation by detectives from Central Traffic Division. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Officer Robert Palma at (213) 486-0767.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

LAPD - Central Traffic Division
251 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Emergency: 9-1-1

Felix Padilla
Central Traffic Division

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