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Victim of fatal Chapel and Valley accident identified*

*Updated 09.04.13 at 10:09 a.m.:

Alhambra police have identified the victim in Tuesday morning's fatal car crash on Valley Boulevard and Chapel Avenue as Rosemead resident Hai Ming Xu, 47. Xu lost control of his vehicle while driving through the parking lot west of the Preferred Bank and collided with three parked and unoccupied vehicles before hitting the wall of the bank, according to a Wednesday morning press release from the Alhambra Police Department.

The Alhambra Police Department Traffic Section and Los Angeles County Coroner's Office are still investigating the details of the accident and Xu's death.

Updated 09.03.13 at10:45 p.m.:

The Alhambra Police Department preliminarily ruled Tuesday evening that a car accident earlier in the day near Valley Boulevard and Chapel Avenue was a fatal traffic collision. "No crime is suspected at this time and the investigation is ongoing," the agency posted on Facebook around 7 p.m.

Valley near Chapel opened in both directions Tuesday night, according to a later post. The department posted around 9:30 p.m. that the stretch between Garfield Avenue and Almansor Street was open to traffic after police investigated the accident.

Published 09.03.13 at 2:44 p.m.:

A Rosemead man died during a car accident near Valley Boulevard and Chapel Avenue Tuesday in Alhambra, according to the Alhambra Police Department. The victim was driving in a parking lot west of 325 E. Valley Boulevard when he hit two parked cars and the wall of the Preferred Bank around 10:51 a.m. Paramedics were not able to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

While the name of the victim has not been released due to the ongoing investigation, Alhambra police say he and his wife are part owners of the New Tasty Cafe, a restaurant located near the scene of the accident. The couple has two adult children.

Traffic on Valley between Garfield Avenue and Almansor Street will be closed Tuesday afternoon during the investigation, according to Alhambra police. Drivers may use Shorb Street or Norwood Plaza as a detour.

The accident is still under investigation and we will update you with more information as we receive it.

*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the man was killed as a result of the car accident. The cause of death and car accident are still under investigation. We apologize for the error.

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2 thoughts on “Victim of fatal Chapel and Valley accident identified*”

  1. It was the defective Takata airbag that killed him…RIP

  2. That’s crazy, my family finished our breakfast at New Tasty minutes before it happened. RIP

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