A male motorist lost consciousness and collided with another vehicle on the basement level in the downtown parking structure on the 100 block of East Magnolia Boulevard.
Los Angeles County coroner’s officials would not release the identity of the 22-year-old man until his immediate family had been notified.
The coroner’s investigation for a cause of death is ongoing, but Burbank police suspect the man suffered a seizure or heart attack while behind the wheel. The sudden loss of consciousness forced him to push the accelerator and cause the traffic accident.
According to witnesses, it took more than 20 minutes to get cellular service on the basement level of the parking structure.
Over the limit!
Burbank police arrested three drivers during roving drunk driving patrols on Friday evening.
Between 7:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Dec. 17, 94 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence alcohol or drugs.
Using grant funds from the California Office of Traffic Safety, Burbank police detained 14 drivers for field sobriety tests, issued 26 citations for various offenses, impounded four vehicles and arrested one person for a misdemeanor warrant, according to the department.
Even with the start of the ongoing rain, Police Chief Scott LaChasse thought the mobilization was productive.
“Our preference obviously would be to not have to engage in any type of enforcement,” LaChasse said. “And if we are success with educating the public, we can prevent people from driving after having any type of substance, be it alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal drugs.”
Burbank police officials say DUI enforcement will continue to be a priority throughout the year.