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Woman killed in traffic collision

Jackson Bell

An elderly driver was killed after she made a U-turn and was

broadsided by an oncoming truck, police said.

Burbank resident Muriel May Damotta, 80, suffered serious injuries

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in the collision and was taken to County-USC Medical Center. She was

pronounced dead on arrival, Burbank Police Sgt. William Berry said.

The crash occurred at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of

North Buena Vista Street. Damotta, who was traveling southbound on

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Buena Vista, had just pulled over to the curb to pick up a friend,

80-year-old Marie Fortier. Damotta pulled away from the curb and

attempted to make a U-turn, turning into an oncoming truck driven by

Jose Jesus Diaz, Berry said.

Fortier, a Burbank resident, was taken to County-USC Medical

Center and released Thursday morning, hospital spokeswoman Adelaida

De La Cerda said.

Diaz and his wife, who was riding in the truck’s passenger seat,

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were taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for minor injuries

and released.

The accident is still under investigation. Berry would not say

whether Damotta was making an illegal U-turn at the time of the

collision.

“Drivers can make a U-turn at any intersection unless signs posted

say they can’t,” he said. “But they always have to yield to oncoming

vehicles.”

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Anyone who witnessed the collision is encouraged to call Det. Paul

Orlowski at 238-3100 during the day and at 238-3000 after 5 p.m.


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