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Wrong-way driver in 10 Freeway crash identified

January 29, 2009 |  1:00 pm

The 21-year-old Van Nuys man who was driving the wrong way on the 10 Freeway when he collided head-on with a Culver City police officer was identified today as Luis Arnoldo Vanegas Palma, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Sgt. Curtis Massey, 41, was driving east on his way to work about 5 a.m. Wednesday when he was struck just west of National Boulevard by Palma’s car. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. California Highway Patrol officials said they are investigating the case and still have not determined why Palma was headed west in the eastbound lanes.

-- Corina Knoll