Two drivers, one allegedly under the influence, were arrested after a high-speed collision that killed a pedestrian, Glendale police reported Friday.
The crash occurred about 8 p.m. Thursday near Brand Boulevard and Maple Street, according to Sgt. Christian Hauptmann of the Glendale Police Department.
Akop Daniyelyan, 32, of Los Angeles, was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and attempted to pass a slower vehicle in front of him, Hauptmann said. As he passed the slower driver, he struck another fast-traveling vehicle, driven by 27-year-old Alejandro Garcia, of Los Angeles, according to the sergeant.
The two drivers lost control of their vehicles, which then struck an unoccupied parked truck and a tree before striking the pedestrian, who was in his 60s, Hauptmann said.
“Both drivers exited their vehicles and an altercation ensued, during which Daniyelyan allegedly punched Garcia in the face,” he said.
Officers evaluated the drivers, and Daniyelyan was allegedly found to be impaired and was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence causing bodily injury and reckless driving causing bodily injury, according to Hauptmann.
The pedestrian, whose name was not immediately released, died at a hospital, the sergeant said.
Daniyelyan has remained behind bars since being arrested about 11:15 p.m. Thursday night, according to jail records. It was not immediately clear when he would appear in court.
Garcia, who was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving causing bodily injury, was released from custody on $50,000 bond less than 12 hours after his arrest early Friday, jail records show.