Notorious for ending the career of a four-star general, Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings suspiciously died in a fiery explosion three years ago on the streets of Los Angeles. Although the FBI eventually admitted to investigating his work while CIA Director John Brennan continued to lead “witch hunts” against investigative journalists, Hastings’ death was immediately ruled an accident while unanswered questions remain years later.
Early on the morning of June 18, 2013, freelance cameraman Scott Lane recorded a dash cam video of Hastings’ Mercedes C250 coupe speeding south on Highland Ave and running a red light. Down the street, a surveillance camera at Pizzeria Mozza recorded a brief video appearing to show two small explosions near the bottom of his car moments before hitting a tree and bursting into flames.
A day after Hastings’ death, Robin Abcarian of the Los Angeles Times reported Hastings had been investigating CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his demise. Within hours, her colleague Brian Bennett contradicted her story claiming Hastings had been researching Florida socialite Jill Kelley instead.