June 15, 2024 #1 Local News, Information and Event Source for the Century City/Westwood areas.

Rapper killed in Malibu crash

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A rapper known as MC Supreme was killed and a woman was injured this morning when a pickup truck operated by a man suspected of driving under influence of alcohol or drugs slammed into a parked car on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

The crash occurred about 6:20 a.m. south of Corral Canyon Road, Sgt. Matthew Dunn of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu-Lost Hills Station said.

The coroner’s office withheld the deceased man’s name, pending legal next of kin notification, but his sister, Irene Coleman identified him as 46- year-old Dewayne Lawrence Coleman, who went by Dewayne Coleman and used the rap name MC Supreme.

The driver of the GMC Sierra pickup truck that struck Coleman’s Honda Civic was identified as 33-year-old Philip Thomas Torres II of Oxnard, Dunn said.

The crash crumpled the Honda and caused it to roll over and come to a rest at the lip of an embankment above the beach. The pickup truck then flipped and barreled into a second parked vehicle, also a pickup.

The man and woman in that second vehicle were not hurt, they told a City News Service reporter.

It was unclear how badly injured the woman in the Honda was. At least one person had to be extricated from a vehicle, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said.

The errant pickup drifted into the parked cars, deputies at the scene said.

The crash scene was about 300 feet east of the traffic signal at Corral Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway — at an area where people park their vehicles and head for the beach at nearly all hours. It closed eastbound PCH at Corral Canyon Road, with traffic headed east from the Point Dume area diverted to a 35-mile detour on foggy mountain roads.

The road was reopened to two-way traffic at 9:45, and all lanes were reopened by noon.

Irene Coleman said her brother’s rap song “Black In America” was played by Mike Tyson when he made his way to the ring prior to a fight in the 1990s.

She also said Coleman appeared that decade with a group of rappers, including KRS-One, on the Arsenio Hall show, performing the song “All in the Same Gang.”

“He was a positive person, dedicated to working with young people” in an effort to keep them from getting caught up in the gang culture, Irene Coleman told City News Service.

“We are devastated,” she said of her family.

She pointed out that her brother was legally parked when the crash occurred.

It was the fourth major crash and road closure on PCH in western Malibu this month.

The road was closed near Paradise Cove last Wednesday, when a head-on collision left one driver near death.

Last Saturday, PCH was closed for hours when two fire trucks and a sheriff’s squad car were each involved in separate crashes within a quarter mile of each other at the same time, in heavy beach traffic just west of today’s crash scene, and a pedestrian was struck and killed on Zuma Beach on June 2.

Today’s crash occurred near the spot where Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, now known as transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner, drove an SUV towing a trailer into the back of a Lexus that had stopped in traffic on Feb. 7.

Jenner’s vehicle pushed the car into the path of an oncoming Hummer, killing 69-year-old Kimberly Howe, who was driving the Lexus.

Two lawsuits allege that Jenner caused the crash by violating California’s basic speed law and driving too fast for conditions, but no charges have been filed.

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