Ian Cuttler Sala was the passenger in a car being driven by Sami Hayek, actress Salma Hayek’s brother, when it collided with a pickup truck in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles on Sunday. This was confirmed by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Tuesday.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the 40-year-old Hayek was driving a two-seater 2006 Ford GT sports coupe on the eastbound lane of Sunset Boulevard shortly before 5 in the afternoon when he lost control of the car. The car swerved into the westbound lane into the path of incoming cars, ultimately crashing into a white 2011 Toyota Tacoma. The passenger side of the coupe received the greatest force of impact.
It is unknown how fast the car was going when it collided head-on with the pickup truck, but the luxury model is known to reach a top speed of 205 mph.
Sala, 43, suffered major blunt force trauma and died at the scene, but investigators have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of death. Hayek suffered a laceration to the head and several broken ribs. Alvin Gomez, 20, was the driver of the pickup. He was in pain and suffered a broken foot. Hayek and Gomez were transported to Westwood’s Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Sala was a New York-based photographer and art director, and is known for his work on the Johnny Cash: The Legend box set, for which he won a Grammy Award in 2006. He had also been nominated for best art direction for his work on Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings.
Sala had been living in Manhattan since 1996. He previously worked at Sony Music, creating marketing visuals for various musical artists including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Julio Iglesias, Destiny’s Child, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, and Ricky Martin. After his stint with Sony, he focused on commercial photography.
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