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Mid-City fatal crash occurred during passing attempt

Investigators are shown at the scene of a deadly car crash in the 2100 block of West Boulevard in Mid-City on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.
February 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Police are looking into whether speed is to blame for a deadly head-on crash in Mid-City.

The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Friday in the 2100 block of West Boulevard. Witnesses told police a car was going about 90 mph when he struck a pick-up truck.

The driver of the pickup, 72-year-old Jerry Welch, was just one house away from his home when he was hit. Investigators determined that Welch was making a left turn into his driveway when a silver Mercedes-Benz passed a yellow line to pass another car and collided head-on with Welch's pickup.

Welch was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz took off on foot. Two passengers in the Mercedes were taken to the hospital.

Welch's family members said he was a professional baseball player in Panama for 25 years before moving to the U.S. He had been married 55 years.

"It was my dad, good man," Tony Welch said. "Last night, his life was taken away senseless."

"He was always the life of the party," said Niecey Marcado, a relative. "Whenever he came anytime he always walked in and it was like joy walked in the door because Jerry was always with a big smile on his face."

Neighbors said they often hear cars speeding down their street and would like to see speed bumps installed.

Anyone with information on the fatal collision is asked to call the LAPD at (213) 473-0220.


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