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
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
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,
were taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for minor injuries
The accident is still under investigation. Berry would not say
whether Damotta was making an illegal U-turn at the time of the
“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
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.