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Fatal accident snarls 405 Freeway through the Westside [Updated]

June 20, 2010 | 10:49 am

A crash early Sunday morning on the northbound 405 Freeway killed one man and temporarily shut down most lanes, causing moderate traffic backups.

At least two vehicles were involved in the collision around 5:30 a.m. south of the Culver Boulevard exit, said Officer Jose Nunez of the California Highway Patrol. A man, 30 to 35 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. It was not immediately known how many others were involved in the crash.

[Updates, 3:45 p.m.: Authorities identified the man who died as Brandon David Brown, 31, of Compton. Brown, who was alone in his car, was driving north in his white Toyota Tercel when he hit the back of a dark-colored SUV. It was not clear what led to the crash. The driver of the SUV fled without stopping to help Brown, CHP officials said.]

 A SigAlert was issued, and all but one northbound lane remained closed until 9:46 a.m. By midmorning, traffic was slowly recovering, Nunez said.

-- Victoria Kim

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