Twinned tragedies in Burbank were being investigated by police Sunday after a critically injured, bleeding mini-van motorist who had been stabbed killed a pedestrian during a desperate, erratic drive for help.
The driver of the blood-soaked silver mini-van, critically injured from a stab wound to the chest, steered his vehicle off a roadway and fatally struck the pedestrian, a police sergeant said Saturday.
“Detectives have spoken with the mini-van (driver)’s family. They are working to determine how and when the mini-van driver was stabbed,” Burbank Police Sgt. Claudio Losacco said. “No arrests have been made. The driver of the mini-van is listed in critical condition and has been unable to speak with investigators.”
The crash was reported at 5:40 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Olive Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard, according to Burbank police Lt. Scott Meadows.
The mini-van left the roadway and traveled up on the southwest corner of the intersection, where it struck Rodolfo Tan, 52, of Burbank. Tan, who had been trapped under the mini-van, was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Losacco said.
Prior to the crash, the driver of the mini-van was speeding west on Olive Avenue, when he sideswiped a parked vehicle and continued westbound, Losacco said.
“He traversed the eastbound lanes of traffic at San Fernando Boulevard, where the van struck the pedestrian, fatally injuring him, before coming to rest on the sidewalk near a bus stop,” he said.
Burbank police detectives asked anyone with information regarding the crash to call them at (818) 238-3210.
—City News Service