Salma Hayek’s younger brother, Sami Hayek, was involved in a fatal car crash that resulted in the death of his passenger on Sunday around 5 pm. Mr. Hayek is currently being hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center for several broken ribs and lacerations to his head.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Hayek, 40, lost control of his vehicle which veered into an oncoming Toyota Tacoma pickup truck which was traveling west bound on what has been described as a dangerous stretch of Sunset Boulevard in Holmby Hills. Hayek was driving an expensive sports car, a 2006 Ford GT. The passenger side of the car took most of the collision’s impact. It has not been determined how fast Mr. Hayek was driving at the time of the accident. However, speed does appear to be a factor.
The passenger in Mr. Hayek’s vehicle has been identified as Grammy-Award-winning art director and photographer Ian Cuttler Sala. Mr. Sala, 43, was a New York City resident. He won a Grammy Award in 2006 for best art direction for Johnny Cash: The Legend box music package. Mr. Sala suffered major blunt force trauma to the head and was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the pickup truck, Alvin Gomez, 20, suffered a broken foot and complained of body pain. He is now recovering at home.
Mr. Hayek is a renowned furniture designer who currently lives in Los Angeles. He and Salma grew up in Coatzacoalcos, a port city in Veracruz, Mexico.
The accident is currently under investigation. Witnesses or anyone with relevant information regarding the accident are being asked to contact LAPD detectives at (213) 473-0234. No charges have been filed.
Salma Hayek’s rep has not released a statement regarding the accident.
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