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Crash kills 1

driver arrested

July 28, 2000

Amber Willard

GRANDVIEW -- A Glendale man was arrested early Thursday on suspicion

of felony drunken driving and first-degree murder in a crash that killed

a man who was riding in his car.

Armen Aharonian, 27, was speeding on West Alameda Avenue shortly after

12:30 a.m. when he failed to stop at a stoplight at Glenoaks Boulevard

and hit another car, Glendale Police said. The crash occurred at the

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Glendale-Burbank border and police from both cities responded.

A man in Aharonian's car was ejected and died at the scene, Glendale

Police Lt. Don Meredith said in a written statement. Authorities would

not release the name of the man who was killed.

Aharonian's Mercedes-Benz was broadsided by a Toyota that was

traveling north on Glenoaks Boulevard, police said. Aharonian's car spun

out of control and hit a sign post on the northwest corner of Alameda

Avenue. In the course of the collision, a passenger in the Mercedes-Benz

was thrown from the car, police said.

The occupants of the Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, whose names were also

not released, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to local

hospitals.

Aharonian was being held at Glendale City Jail Thursday evening.

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