The site of a crash that killed 90s rapper MC Supreme has for years been called a “death trap.” Now, at least one famous local is calling for change to the Pacific Coast Highway.
The rapper was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. The driver has already been arrested on suspicion of DUI, the Associated Press reported, but investigators will probe the accident further to see if drugs and alcohol were involved.
Saturday morning about 6 a.m., Dewayne Lawrence Coleman — otherwise known as MC Supreme — and a female passenger were parked in a Honda Civic on the side of the highway when a pickup truck careened into the vehicle.
MC Supreme‘s car rolled onto an embankment, and the truck crashed into another car on the shoulder, Variety reported. The female passenger in Coleman’s car suffered unknown injuries and was taken to the hospital. The people in the second vehicle were unharmed.
The man allegedly responsible is Philip Torries II, 34. He sustained minor injuries and has been arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
Dewayne is most well-known for the song “Black in America,” which features alongside the anti-violence “We’re All In the Same Gang.” The rapper seems to have taken that message seriously in his personal life. His sister, Irene, said MC Supreme worked with youth to keep them out of gangs.
The question of whether this fatal collision could’ve been prevented was raised in light of some comments made on social media that the Pacific Coast Highway is at least partly to blame for MC Supreme’s death and that of many others.
According to the Los Angeles Times, several accidents plagued the highway just this weekend, and it has a history of deadly crashes.
Just on June 6, two others were killed when two cars collided head-on — a man and woman in one of the vehicles died. Also that day, a car and a fire truck collided, and two were taken to the hospital. The ambulance headed to that crash hit another car not long afterward, ABC7 reported.
On the same Saturday that MC Supreme died, a 13-year-old girl was killed when she was struck on that same roadway by a Chevy Camaro, the Press Telegram reported. It’s also the site of the fatal crash involving Caitlyn Jenner.
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