Spontaneous automotive combustion

The LAPD quickly rules out foul play in the fiery demise of Michael Hastings, investigative reporter:

The Los Angeles Police Department said there appears to be no foul play in the one-vehicle accident that killed journalist Michael Hastings.

The Los Angeles County coroner on Thursday
positively identified Hastings as the driver of a Mercedes that crashed
on Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue on Tuesday morning. Hastings’ involvement with hot-button stories has led to a
variety of conspiracy theories arising on the Internet over his death.
But LAPD officials said the incident appears to have been an accident
and that no other vehicles were involved. Officials are trying to
determine whether there was a mechanical problem with the car. The
sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was

Hastings was best known for a 2010 Rolling Stone profile that led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Hastings was a contributing editor to the magazine.

In related news, the Federal Security Service announced that it suspects no foul play in the recent series of Russian emigrant deaths in the United Kingdom.  Has anyone informed the LAPD that it is only in the movies that Mercedes automobiles explode on impact?

Steve Sailer, who lives very close to the scene, appears to have a few doubts himself:

Nothing to see here, folks, move along, nothing to see here. It’s just
the top investigative journalist of his generation charbroiled in his
new Mercedes, so keep moving. Hey, did you hear about Kim Kardashian?
Now, that’s what I call news.

I wonder if Matt Taibbi is considering a move to Hong Kong?  First Breitbart, now Hastings.  At the very least, he should stay away from Los Angeles.

UPDATE: One of the witnesses said: “It sounded like a bomb going off.  The house shook; the windows were rattling.”