Driver Dies After Car Runs Red Light, Slams Into Wall Outside Venice School: Police

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A driver was killed when a car slammed into a planter wall in Venice on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A man was killed Wednesday when the car he was driving sped through a red light and slammed into a planter wall outside Mark Twain Middle School in Venice, authorities said.

Firefighters responded shortly after 5:30 p.m. to  the intersection of East Victoria Avenue and Walgrove avenues, where the driver was found dead, according to Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

There were no passengers in the car, a four-door Nissan Maxima. No pedestrians were injured.

The man was traveling eastbound at about 100 mph on Victoria Avenue when he passed the stop sign at Glyndon Avenue, about three blocks from the crash site, a witness told police. The Maxima then drove through a red light at Walgrove, jumped the curb  and struck the low wall, according to a second witness.

The driver was described as Asian and in his 40s, said Sgt. Mark Guardado of the Los Angeles Police Department. His name was not immediately released, pending notification of family.

An investigation into the collision was underway.