A photographer from freelance photography/videography outfit Loudlabs alleges to have been on the scene immediately after journalist Michael Hastings died in a fiery car crash early yesterday morning.

The L.A. coroner's office has yet to declare that the body taken from this crash was Hastings, but Buzzfeed, Hastings' employer, confirmed that the 33-year-old died in a car accident in L.A. yesterday. Later, Jim Romenesko reported that police had verified it was indeed Hastings who had driven his Mercedes-Benz into a tree near the intersection of Melrose and Highland avenues, setting the car on fire.

Loudlabs also claims to have footage depicting Hastings' car running a light only minutes before the accident, but it's impossible to glean from the video whether that statement is factual.


Update: This post was updated to include a more accurate description of Loudlabs.