Hastings, of course, was a well known Rolling Stone journalist who caused all kinds of trouble for the White House and the Pentagon over the years, and whose dogged determination to get the story was legendary in the field.
Raw Video, taken soon after the crash:
Witnesses reported what sounded like a bomb. The witness quoted in the video above -- though his English is poor (and I wish he were quoted in Spanish instead) -- indicates that he saw the car traveling very fast, maybe 100 miles an hour, on Highland, and that it was on fire as it crossed Melrose.
No wonder there is speculation this was a hit, not an accident.