reply to post by GrantedBail
If Michael Hastings was serious about the email he sent the day prior to his "accident"...regarding getting off the radar...I don't see him
"staying" at his home.
I guess one of the biggest questions that permeates this "mystery" is - "How serious was he?"
If it were me...in a scenario where I believed my life was in danger...I would probably make the connection that "so were the lives of those I cared
I have not been able to find a residential address for Michael Hastings in the LA area...but, I have read in some thread (on ATS) that his residence
wasn't too far from where the accident took place.
That really leads to no particular conclusion/s with the evidence at hand...but, it's still interesting (if true).
If his concern (expressed in the email) was genuine...and he didn't attempt to immediately (or prior) slip below the radar -- that was
If it were me...I would not have sent such a message, until already "on the move" -- which would have meant that his wife was (probably) fully aware
of the action.
Some have suggested "drug use" &/or "alcohol" to be prime suspects. And, while that cannot be entirely ruled-out...it seems far fetched on
North Highland Avenue does come directly off of the "101" that goes through the heart of Hollywood.
It is a virtual "straight shot" from the freeway to the site of the accident. (with an exception between Franklin Ave. going east, and Yucca St.)
And - while it is a straight shot...it is certainly NOT a choice strip for street racing...as there are quite a few busy intersections, dividers and
trees along the path.
Did he come off this freeway?
If he was travelling 60 - 70 mph when passing the LoudLabs camera, going through the light at Santa Monica Blvd...and had achieved 100 mph (+/-) by
Melrose Place...I don't think "he" was "flooring" the accelerator pedal. In the last two vehicles I've driven, by flooring the pedal, from ~ 60
mph, I can achieve 100 mph within a few seconds (maximum)...and they are not Mercedes'.
It seems that the rate of acceleration was more in line with a persistent "increase".
If "racing through the streets" in a game of Russian Roulette was at play - how many lucky misses at the numerous intersections along that
route...would be enough?
If he was controlling the vehicle - (regardless of whether drugs or alcohol were in the mix) - death was his intent. But with that Mercedes - death
would not be certain...even in a head-on collision with an immovable object.
5 airbags...just for the driver...
Looks like he was still sitting upright in the driver's seat during/after the fire (suggesting that he was likely fastened in by the safety belt
Does someone intent on killing themselves take such precautions?
"No foul play."
I don't get it... Not that it's an impossible answer...but, how do you arrive at that conclusion before investigation? And - how do you
investigate...when so much evidence is burned up?
They probably did not arrive at "the scene" thinking - "CRIME SCENE"...so a lot of stuff that might have been there...might also have been
missed...swept away, washed away...and certainly burned away.
At what point was the possibility of "crime" even considered? Probably well after the avenue had been re-opened for morning traffic.