Alcohol not a factor in fatal crash involving Salma Hayek’s brother

Excessive speed and the winding road may be factors in the fatal crash involving Salma Hayek’s brother, Los Angeles police said.

Sami Hayek was driving a Ford GT supercar in Beverly Crest on Sunday afternoon when he lost control on a curvy stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Mapleton Drive and crossed into the street’s westbound lanes. His passenger, Ian Cuttler Sala, died in the crash. 

Los Angeles police Lt. Andrew Neiman said traffic investigators found that no alcohol or drugs were involved, but Hayek may have been going too fast and lost control of the high-powered vehicle.

“There was a loss of control that sent him fishtailing,” Neiman said.


The final results of the investigation will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for review.

Sala, 43, a Grammy-award winning art director, suffered major blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash, police said. Hayek and the 20-year-old driver of the truck he collided with escaped without major injuries.

Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said investigators will examine Sala on Tuesday to determine how he died.

According to Sala’s website, his awards include a Grammy for art direction for “Johnny Cash: The Legend” box set music package.


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