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Motorcyclist Killed In Fatal 170 Crash Was Los Angeles Times Employee

NORTH HOLLYWOOD ( — A motorcyclist killed in a five-car crash was identified Wednesday as a Los Angeles Times employee.

Luis Diaz, 33, of Van Nuys, died at the scene of the crash, which was reported at about 10:15 a.m. last Friday, on the southbound Hollywood (170) Freeway, north of Riverside Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Diaz was an edition planner and paginator who helped with the layout of the newspaper and other publications.

According to the CHP, a 62-year-old Los Angeles man swerved his 2006 Chrysler 300 into an adjoining lane and struck the rear of a Chevrolet Express Truck being driven by a 35-year-old Bell Gardens man. The truck was pushed into the right side of a 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 driven by an 81-year-old Montrose woman, which was stopped in the far left lane.

The impact sent the Mercedes into the carpool lane, directly into the path of Diaz's 2014 Yamaha Bolt, which struck the rear of the Mercedes, according to the CHP.

The motorcycle "bounced off the Mercedes" and struck a 2013 Nissan Versa, driven by a 37-year-old North Hollywood man, that was stopped in the left lane, which was then pushed into a 2015 Honda Accord, driven by a 19-year-old Panorama City woman, the CHP reported.

Four other drivers were injured, but were treated at the scene and released.

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