Michael Hastings Surveillance Tape!!!
On July 26th, surveillance footage from June 18th belonging to Pizzeria Mozza at the corner of Highland Avenue and Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles was released.
Before we begin, it might be important to get an understanding of the camera design, positioning, and any implications.
The Security Camera Array
Let’s begin by examining the configuration of the security cameras, what they look like and where they are positioned.
In total, there are three…one high up the exterior wall of the front which faces east looking down Melrose Ave. Pictured to the left, it is just above the tree and just below the brown awning.
As you can see, this type of camera is well protected from wind and is securely affixed to the exterior.
The next camera is positioned lower than the first and below an awning over the main entrance of the restaurant. Please note that the awning is scalloped. The camera here is identical to the camera above.
This is the position from which the recorded footage currently available on You Tube and Vimeo was recorded. Quite honestly, the third camera is in the best position to film the accident and it would be reasonable to suspect that there is footage from this third camera that we will never see.
The third camera is high up on the south wall of the restaurant and overlooks the alley. It is pointed south and provides the best view of Highland south. It would also have remained in focus up to the impact point on the median and would have yielded clearer pictures.
Therefore, (she wrote with some sarcasm), the inferior view from camera 2 over the entrance is the one released to the public.
The video was uploaded first to Vimeo and then to YouTube. I want to thank reader De Grijze for making me aware of its release.
We begin here. At approximately 14 seconds into the video, the car’s headlights begin to light up the street. Suddenly, the car comes streaking into view.
Yes, that does look like a missile running parallel with the car, but if it were, it would just keep on sailing down Highland until it blew up Wilshire Blvd. Since that did not happen, nor does this anomaly show up anywhere else in the video, it is likely that it is an artifact created by the camera as it adjusts focus. We will come back around to this later. While this is not a missile, it is something of interest that bears further exploration…probably in the next article.
Here follows a freeze frame of the point where the car breeches the median. The left rear of the vehicle is slightly higher than the right. Remember that the curb around the median is only 3 ” in height.
This should dispel the notion that Hastings swerved off the street into the palm tree at some extraordinary rate of speed. It did not happen that way, nor could it have happened that way. The palm tree in question is 79″ in circumference. This means that there is a three and a half foot wall of palm tree at any angle and no engine/transmission could come flying out without embedding itself into that tree.
This spot on the median is slightly before the double palms which are two palms in close proximity to one another. These palms are roughly 25 feet north of the water pipe area. The car is not near the strike palm. Having come up on the median here, the car would need to travel parallel with the median curb until it clears both palms. At that point, it can fully (and safely) mount the median.
The darkness on the median is very difficult to deal with, however the point where the car climbed the 3″ curb is parallel to the double palms that are approximately 20 feet north of the water pipe. For those who have not read the articles leading up to this one, that pipe is PVC, not metal. Many have speculated that the car ran over the pipe which must have then nicked a fuel line. The car was a sports car….the front end of this model is relatively close to the ground. Additionally, the undercarriage of the Mercedes is plated (see “Death by Mercedes” for a diagram).
The pipe was surrounded by a cage. The cage, according to local residents, was found near the engine/transmission at the corner of Clinton. It was definitely hit, but not run over.
The PVC pipe was located deep in the front yard of a resident on the north bound side of Highland. Deep gashing damage to a tree shows that it traveled at a very high speed.
In this next photo, the car is now fully on the median:
Suddenly, the lights on the car go out:
Next, a peculiar light begins to emerge. It looks like smoke or fog and seems to flow over a vague vehicle shape. This strange light oozes between the double palms to the left.
In a fraction of a second, the strange light grows to this…too fast to be fog or smoke:
Suddenly, we see this…the first and smallest explosion:
To be continued in “What’s Wrong With This Picture”
Here is a link to the Mozza surveillance footage on YouTube:
(The link to the You Tube Mozza tape no longer exists. The video has been pulled! The following video has a copy of the footage embedded in its news report and may be the only remaining source)
This was the original link: youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjaPHWNzTHQ
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