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Hollywood animator killed while checking on his Ferrari on Ventura Freeway

February 28, 2011 |  8:22 am

Jean-Maxime Perramon, 63, a veteran storyboard artist and animator for Hollywood, was struck and killed Saturday after pulling onto the shoulder of the Ventura Freeway near Westlake Village to check his Ferrari, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Perramon was traveling north on the 101 Freeway about 12:25 p.m. when he pulled onto the shoulder because he thought a piece of metal had struck his 2010 Silver Ferrari. As he opened his door to get out, he stepped partially into the slow lane and was struck by the driver of a Lexus who had swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle, CHP spokeswoman Jennifer Connolly said.

Perramon was taken to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, where he was declared dead at 5:10 p.m., she said. No one was cited in the accident.

Perramon, a Malibu resident, was known for his drawings and storyboards for "The Tigger Movie," "Jetsons: The Movie" and "Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest."

-- Catherine Saillant