October 1, 2020 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Deadly Crash on Washington Blvd


1. Venice Crash
Firefighter, Ron Herens, killed in Venice. Courtesy: Facebook.

A 23-year-old firefighter, Ron Herens, in Venice from Georgia, was thrown 30 feet and killed, and two of his fellow firefighters were injured when the car they were in was hit by a suspected drunken driver on the border of Venice and Marina del Rey late Monday night April 10.

Venice local Tonan witnessed it all. “Are you buzzed? If you’re buzzed, sit down” he said to a young man in a white shirt at the scene. “it was insane. This person got thrown out of the car,” said Tonan.

Broken car parts littered the intersection at Washington Blvd and Ocean Ave., on the border of Marina del Rey and Venice.

Venice Art Crawl President Sunny Bak drove past moments after the crash, capturing the chaos on her smartphone.

The three-vehicle collision happened around 10 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Washington Boulevard, said Lt. Joseph Sanchez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division.
Herens of Powder Springs died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Herens was a passenger in the vehicle, Winter said.

The initial radio call reported a pedestrian had been struck. Ambulances transported the other two firefighters to hospitals nearby, one with possible broken collarbone and hip, and the other for lacerations sustained in the crash, said Sanchez.

A couple in the third car involved in the accident were not hurt.

Police took the driver who struck the two cars into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Sanchez said.

4. Venice Crash
The location caused jurisdictional confusion surrounding who was responsible for the intersection.

Bak’s video shows witnesses standing in a protective circle around a body on the street. Traffic control was slow to arrive as the location caused jurisdictional confusion surrounding who was responsible for the intersection.

@ptudor who follows a scanner feed on Twitter via broadcastify.com explained the mix-up, telling Yo! Venice, the Los Angeles Department of Transport had refused the call saying it was the County’s responsibility and therefore the job of CHP.

Venice falls within the City of Los Angeles, and Marina del Rey is an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The intersection where the accident occurred is on the border.

An official police escort took the fallen firefighter’s body to the coroner’s office.

The firefighters were part of a large group visiting from Georgia, but Sanchez did not know what their business was in the Los Angeles area.

Related Posts

Edify TV: National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

September 30th marks National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, Here are a few fun activities to try out in celebration...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Los Angeles as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...

Meditation Changed my Brain

September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

I know the title sounds like something from the National Enquirer. But it’s true. When COVID was first announced and...

UCLA Study Finds Single-Use N95 Respirators Can Be Decontaminated and Used Again

September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

N95 respirators, which are widely worn by health care workers treating patients with COVID-19 and are designed to be used only once,...

Edify TV: Should Muscle Beach Re-Open?

August 17, 2020

August 17, 2020

The original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica is a local and tourist favorite for working out and people watching, since...

VNC Offers Disapproval of Venice Wave Apartments

July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020 1

July Venice Neighborhood Council recap, part 1 By Angela McGregor The July, 2020 VNC Board Meeting — held via Zoom...

LA County’s Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Case Count Reported

June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020 2

One in every 140 people in the county has the virus and is infectious, say LA County health officials By...

Venice Now Included in Los Angeles Curfew

May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020 1

Protests against the police killing of George Floyd continue By Sam Catanzaro A City of Los Angeles curfew has been...

Los Angeles Parks to Close Easter

April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020 1

Over COVID-19 cases in LA County By Sam Catanzaro The City of Los Angeles is closing all parks for Easter...

Los Angeles Residents Told to Stay Home

March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

2nd COVID-19 death confirmed By Sam Catanzaro As public health officials confirmed the second death resulting from COVID-19, Los Angeles...

Lawsuit Contends Lawmakers Failing to Protect Homeless Amid COVID-19

March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

Garcetti announces plan to provide thousands of beds in City rec. centers By Sam Catanzaro As Los Angeles plans to...

Los Angeles Issuing Microloans to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

Additional cases confirmed in Venice By Sam Catanzaro As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to grow, including additional...

Edify TV: Coronavirus Impacting Grocery Stores

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

Westside groceries and health stores are seeing the impact of the novel coronavirus on their shelves. Learn more in this...

Bridge Housing to Open in Less Than 2 Weeks

February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Open house next week By Sam Catanzaro A bridge housing homeless shelter in Venice will open in a little more...