"It wasn't bittersweet. It was mostly bitter," he says. "But do you curl up in a ball, or do you move forward? At the end of the day, I was lucky to have found someone to love me as much as she did. 'Lucky' sounds funny, I guess, but that's the way I feel." [snip] "As much as anyone possibly can, I get life," says Hastings, who has not dated anyone since Andi's death. "My struggle now is not to be bitter. How many times can you get knocked down and get up again? Andi would want me to keep going.
Michael’s most famous story, the one that got General Stanley McChrystal fired, was a great yarn, but it was also about something: A military leadership that had turned its tactical sophistication inward, and trapped a president it disdained into a war he didn’t want to fight. The story helped push the American government to pull out of Afghanistan, not because a general said some bad words, but because those words conveyed the general’s sense of superiority to his civilian masters.
This is apparently the video of him running a red light at Highland & Santa Monica yt , 4 blocks (half a mile) north of Melrose, a few seconds before the crash.
All of our work vehicles are equipped with dash-cams. Out of pure luck......his dash-cam caught a Mercedes Benz at a high rate of speed run the red light travelling south on Highland. Melrose is just a few blocks away and impact took place just seconds after.
He said he did not see the car run the red light. When leaving the parking lot he headed east on Santa Monica Blvd. 30 seconds after leaving the gas station parking lot, the "call" hits the radios. It was a total of 4 minutes from the time the car was caught on dash-cam to when he saw the flames and shortly after arrived on scene and asks about the driver to the homeowner with the water hose.
While the journalistic community has largely reacted to the news with an outpouring of grief, online forums have been running wild with conspiracy theories, and why wouldn’t they? Some of the details surrounding the story read like a poorly written political thriller. As of Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles County coroner's office had still not determined that an “unrecognizable” body pulled from a fiery solo car crash was actually Hastings, according to the Los Angeles Times. (The body is identified only as “John Doe 117.”)
Meanwhile, LA Weekly reports that Hastings was reporting extensively on the CIA at the time of his death, and the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald pointed out that Hastings’ last article for BuzzFeed was on the NSA and the Democrats’ love for spying on Americans.
Admit it, Michael Hastings’ Death is Weird and Scary
I perform accident investigations for the NY State Troopers and for many law firms and District Attorneys. We have investigated hundreds of accidents and only one ended up in an explosion. That happened when a drunk driver crossed the double yellow line in a F550 Flatbed and went head on into a Dodge Neon. We did have a few fires caused by a collision.
I’ve seen dozens of cars hit walls and stuff at high speeds and the number of them that I have observed to eject their powertrains and immediately catch massive fire is, um, ah, zero. Modern cars are very good at not catching fire in accidents. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is an evolutionary design from a company known for sweating the safety details over and above the Euro NCAP requirements, should be leading the pack in the not-catching-on-fire category.
On the other hand. He's a guy with a new German sedan capable of attaining great speed. There was no traffic, and it was early in the morning when there are not many cops out. The idea that he decided to put the hammer down, lost control and hit a tree at a ridiculous rate of speed seems possible.
Lots of freaky news today - see this. It's all very disturbing.
"There was a lack of coordination and willful denial of information," Hank Hughes, a senior accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. "There were 755 witnesses. At no time was information provided by the witnesses shared by the FBI."
This model of Mercedes might have its own safety issues, regardless of the company's reputation and PR.
LOS ANGELES, June 20 (Reuters) - Police said on Thursday there was no sign of foul play in the fiery car crash near Hollywood that killed journalist Michael Hastings, whose 2010 magazine article led to the ouster of the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.
The online rumors were stoked by a Twitter posting from the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks on Wednesday saying Hastings had contacted a WikiLeaks attorney "just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him."
The FBI issued a statement denying WikiLeaks' assertion.
"At no time was journalist Michael Hastings under investigation by the FBI," agency spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
For example, in live road tests, were able to forcibly and completely disengage the brakes while driving, making it difficult for the driver to stop.
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