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LAPD - Central Traffic Division
Tuesday August 8th, 2017 :: 03:41 p.m. PDT



Los Angeles-  On August 8, 2017, at approximately 10:25 a.m., Luis Meza, 70 years old and a resident of Pico Rivera, was diving a 1989 Ford van westbound on Slauson Avenue approaching Main Street when he suffered a medical emergency.  Meza’s unknown condition caused him to drive against a red light at Main Street and then cross into opposing traffic lanes.  His vehicle then collided head-on with a 1999 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck that was stopped eastbound for a red light.  The force for collision caused the Chevy pick-up truck to travel in a westbound direction and collide with a 1993 Toyota pick-up truck that was also stopped for the red light. 
Meza was given medical treatment at the scene by paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department and then transported to Good Samaritan Hospital.  Despite the lifesaving efforts, he was later pronounced dead. 
The driver of the Chevy Silverado suffered minor injuries and transported to Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center.  He is listed in good condition.  The driver of the Toyota pick-up truck complained of minor injuries but did not require transportation to a medical facility.
The investigation is being conducted by Central Traffic Division Detectives.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713.  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
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Los Angeles, CA 90014

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