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Coroner Classifies Michael Hastings’ Death As Accidental
CBSLA.com) ^ | August 20, 2013 1:12 PM

Posted on 08/20/2013 3:39:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Coroner Tuesday classified journalist Michael Hastings’ death as accidental.

Hastings, 33, died in the early morning hours of June 20 when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed in Hancock Park.

The coroner listed traumatic injuries sustained in the accident as his cause of death.

Toxicology tests also discovered that a “small amount of Methamphetamine and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was detected. Levels indicate prior, but not recent usage,” the report stated.

Hastings, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, won a George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his cover article “The Runaway General” in 2010.

At the time of his death, the award-winning writer believed he was being investigated by the FBI.


TOPICS: US: California
KEYWORDS: benghazi; california; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; libertarians; losangeles; medicalmarijuana; methamphetamine; michaelhastings; tetrahydrocannabinol

1 posted on 08/20/2013 3:39:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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Nothing about WHY his vehicle was speeding out of control?


2 posted on 08/20/2013 3:39:59 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
Accident. The NSA accidently hacked into his car and accidently floored the accelerator remotely and accidently disabled the brakes and accidently released the seat belts and accidently locked the doors.

All accidently. Y'see.

3 posted on 08/20/2013 3:42:00 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: BenLurkin

Another junkie, just like his cellmate Matt Taibbi.....


4 posted on 08/20/2013 3:42:33 PM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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To: clintonh8r

“Levels indicate prior, but not recent usage”


5 posted on 08/20/2013 3:44:38 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: BenLurkin

6 posted on 08/20/2013 3:47:08 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

7 posted on 08/20/2013 3:48:55 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: BenLurkin

Calcs from the security camera that showed him speeding by then the explosions are that he was driving about 35 mph.


8 posted on 08/20/2013 3:52:00 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: clintonh8r
Another junkie, just like his cellmate Matt Taibbi.....

Riiiiight....

9 posted on 08/20/2013 3:52:23 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: BenLurkin

I guess Coroner technicians won’t be dropping dead from arsenic poisoning this time (as LA County Coroner tech Michael Cormier did, the day his office released the Breitbart autopsy report to the public).


10 posted on 08/20/2013 3:52:45 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: BenLurkin
Just plausible enough, and damning enough, to nudge us "move along, move along, nothing to see here."

It really is like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel.

Yup, folks, he was just standing there, and his dashboard just up and slammed him up side the head. Yeah Sir.

11 posted on 08/20/2013 3:52:55 PM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: Lazamataz

The coroner wants to keep his job and continue breathing.


12 posted on 08/20/2013 3:52:59 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: BenLurkin

Did they test his blood before or after they suddenly cremated his body?


13 posted on 08/20/2013 3:53:50 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: BenLurkin
KEY QUESTION: Where the hell was he driving FROM/TO at 4:30AM in Los Angeles?


Here's the map/theory I put together.


14 posted on 08/20/2013 3:54:24 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: BenLurkin










15 posted on 08/20/2013 3:54:47 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: arthurus
The coroner wants to keep his job and continue breathing.

Last one (Brietbart's) didn't do so well.

Damn, I hate living in the new Soviet Amerika.

16 posted on 08/20/2013 3:58:42 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: BenLurkin
The Los Angeles County Coroner Tuesday classified journalist Michael Hastings’ death as accidental.

Now if only the Breitbart conspiracist crazies can be convinced that he truly did die of a heart attack rather than ..........whatever..........LOL!

17 posted on 08/20/2013 4:00:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: BenLurkin
Nothing about WHY his vehicle was speeding out of control?

Maybe the same reason why our nation is riddled with late night auto accidents caused by out of control drivers thinking they're Indy drivers?......Nah, no way.

18 posted on 08/20/2013 4:03:19 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: arthurus
So then it must have been a hologram car with pre-damaged front end, soaked with flammable chemicals, and with a catapult installed under the engine block. The G-Men hacked into the car to make it go slower.

You know, they had to set an example: publish a story we don't like and several years later we might kill you in the most needlessly complex way ever conceived.

19 posted on 08/20/2013 4:04:59 PM PDT by RDAardvark (faith is a fact.)
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To: LyinLibs

Our production studio is close by to the accident and driven on that road early before dawn. You could speed up Highland as there’s almost no one driving there during these times. The Highland road is mostly used to drive faster on route to LAX, even the shuttle buses take it.


20 posted on 08/20/2013 4:05:20 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: LyinLibs

as opposed to slowly cremating? I think that already happened just after the crash...


21 posted on 08/20/2013 4:06:54 PM PDT by RDAardvark (faith is a fact.)
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To: Lazamataz

suuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeee...................


22 posted on 08/20/2013 4:10:13 PM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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To: BenLurkin

So I guess we should believe that the meth caused Michael Hastings’ body to undergo a spontaneous explosion?
If they can put in a car bomb, they surely can find some meth and THC for the blood and tissue sample. Don’t hold your breath for an independent autopsy; it’s probably too late now anyways because of evidence tampering.


23 posted on 08/20/2013 4:10:36 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: clintonh8r

Prove the researchers wrong! You can make your mark on the world by showing cars CANNOT be hacked! Get to it!


24 posted on 08/20/2013 4:15:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: BenLurkin

Accidental,,,Yeah, that’s the ticket!


25 posted on 08/20/2013 4:16:18 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Lazamataz

One wonders how many excuses the freeps can keep making for the bodies piling up.


26 posted on 08/20/2013 4:16:46 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: RDAardvark

All it took was a bomb or two(there were apparently two or even three explosions including the gas tank). He didn’t hit the palm tree very hard.


27 posted on 08/20/2013 4:23:16 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: max americana

“The Highland road is mostly used to drive faster on route to LAX, even the shuttle buses take it.”

Hmmm I suspected as much.

Some “mystery commenters” kept telling me Highland wouldn’t be used when traveling to LAX.

They started naming every paved surface on earth, EXCEPT Highland, as the “best route” to LAX.

I think Hastings was rushing (thru red lights) toward LAX at 4:30am to catch an early flight around 6/7am, and do exactly what he said in his emails: “Go off the radar awhile.”

He’d spoken to Wikileaks hours prior, so perhaps he was heading to Europe.


28 posted on 08/20/2013 4:23:33 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: BenLurkin

In related story, the coroner “fell down a flight of stairs” yesterday but refused first aid.


29 posted on 08/20/2013 4:24:56 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: arthurus

So he did crash the car on his own, and the bombs went off?


30 posted on 08/20/2013 4:37:51 PM PDT by RDAardvark (faith is a fact.)
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To: LyinLibs

“Some “mystery commenters” kept telling me Highland wouldn’t be used when traveling to LAX.”

I’ve driven from that specific Shakey’s on Sta Monica using Orange, then you can link into Highland or either La Brea. But Highland is mostly used by Super Shuttle to head to LAX (I know, I’ve used it) and I also prefer the Highland route as most of my flights are early flights.

using the 110 is suicide unless you want to miss your flight


31 posted on 08/20/2013 4:38:19 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: arthurus
Thank you!

No one seemed to notice that the tree appeared undamaged - at least not to the level you would expect for a palm tree.

32 posted on 08/20/2013 4:41:50 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (De IRS be my massa, sho' nuff.... / Repeal the Sixteenth!)
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33 posted on 08/20/2013 4:50:15 PM PDT by LucyT (In politics, "Lack of Money" speaks louder than words. Stop donating to RINOs.)
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To: LyinLibs

What if he was planning on turning onto Wilshere Blvd?


34 posted on 08/20/2013 4:51:28 PM PDT by Natufian (t)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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Dead Pool file update

http://www.nachumlist.com/deadpool.htm


35 posted on 08/20/2013 4:59:58 PM PDT by Nachum (I am Breitbartacus!)
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To: gaijin

That’s Awesome, first time seeing

I mean, that’s terrible, no idea what that means... I was never here...


36 posted on 08/20/2013 5:00:17 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: BenLurkin

Naturellement


37 posted on 08/20/2013 5:05:36 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: RDAardvark

In the video it appears there was a small blast then a bigger one then the gas tank went. It happens beyond the range of the camera but you can see the flashes. I d idn’t think to save the URL of it.


38 posted on 08/20/2013 5:27:36 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: BenLurkin; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

Nice to see that the coroner has developed a survival instinct.

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don’t add you to the list...

39 posted on 08/20/2013 5:35:24 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder if any reporters are planning to keep an eye on the coroner’s spending habits for the next year or so?


40 posted on 08/20/2013 7:04:49 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: null and void

I still am confused about why the engine exploded. I keep reading the MB cars never do this....


41 posted on 08/20/2013 7:14:22 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: null and void; LucyT; BenLurkin; All

Thanks for the pings; post; thread. Very interesting. Coroner? Another gatekeeper for TPTB?


42 posted on 08/20/2013 9:04:46 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: BenLurkin

This is all Bull Crap.


43 posted on 08/21/2013 3:06:22 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: BenLurkin

One would think that Mercedes would be vociferously defending the safety of their cars.

Seriously: Would YOU contemplate purchasing such a death trap that engulfed the victim in flames in a low-speed front-end impact that didn’t even damage the tree?

http://adriaen22.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/michael-hastings-death-by-mercedes/


44 posted on 08/21/2013 7:08:17 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: logi_cal869

“One would think that Mercedes would be vociferously defending the safety of their cars.

Seriously: Would YOU contemplate purchasing such a death trap that engulfed the victim in flames in a low-speed front-end impact that didn’t even damage the tree?”

To amend my own comments, some memorial pics posted online of ‘tree in question’ are from the opposite side. The damage to car & tree suggest an impact >60mph. Prior to this thread I had only watched the video from the car-cam that supposedly showed Hastings’ car traveling down the same road seconds before impact after running a red light; he was NOT going >60mph at that time but, having now seen the Pizzaria cctv footage, I estimate he was going 75mph upon passing the Pizzaria Mozza at Melrose, not being chased and drove straight into the tree with no braking.

Without respect to all the conspiracy theories, I would still think Mercedes would want to dispel any safety concerns about their cars; I’ve never seen a newer car become so violently engulfed in flames save for failure of key safety equipment, namely the inertial fuel cutoff safety switch, which would have cut the flow of fuel and should have prevented the fast/immediate inferno.

Hastings ‘should’ have survived the impact, save for the fire and assuming he was strapped in (without respect to injuries leading to post-crash mortality).

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/06/two-car-bombs-no-body-at-the-hastings-crash-the-evidence-2696490.html


45 posted on 08/21/2013 11:16:41 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Lazamataz

I’m on it just as soon as I finish my dissertation on whether mortar holds bricks together or apart.


46 posted on 08/21/2013 2:07:00 PM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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