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`2 FAST' MOVIE CITED IN DEATH OF RETIREE.



Byline: Dana Bartholomew Staff Writer

GRANADA HILLS - A 78-year-old retiree was killed in a high-speed crash caused by a motorist who had just seen the new street-racing film ``2 Fast 2 Furious,'' authorities said Monday.

Vahan V. Shahenian, 23, of Granada Hills had just watched the blockbuster movie Sunday when he gunned his Nissan Altima
For the Final Fantasy Tactics character, see Altima (Final Fantasy Tactics).


The Altima (pronounced ALL-timah) is a mid-size car (formerly compact) currently being manufactured by the Japanese automaker Nissan, and is arguably a continuation of the
 to nearly 100 mph on a residential street and broadsided a car driven by Keiji Iko, who died instantly, police said.

``This is `2 Fast 2 Furious' right here in the Valley,'' said Detective Kathleen Burns of the Valley Traffic Division, an investigator in the crash. ``I have no doubt he was speeding.''

The original movie, ``The Fast and the Furious,'' was blamed by police for an increase in street racing shortly after its release in 2002.

Following a citywide crackdown on illicit street racing and spectators, LAPD 1. LAPD - Link Access Procedure on the D channel.
2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department.
 Capt. Greg Meyer Greg Meyer is best known for his accomplishments in distance running. Most notably, he is the last American male to win the Boston Marathon. Education
He attended Touro Law School for only two semesters.
, head of the Valley Traffic Division, deployed extra officers around select theaters for Friday's debut of ``2 Fast 2 Furious.''

Police arrested one man Friday and confiscated con·fis·cate  
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.

2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.

adj.
 his car at Pacific Winnetka 21 for exhibition of speed in the parking lot, Meyer said. Similar arrests occurred in North Hollywood.

Also Friday, the Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States.  passed a measure permitting police to permanently confiscate To expropriate private property for public use without compensating the owner under the authority of the Police Power of the government. To seize property.

When property is confiscated it is transferred from private to public use, usually for reasons such as
 and sell cars used in street races.

``We're doing our best to do something about this street-racing problem,'' Meyer said. ``The message is still the same: Speeding is the major cause of serious collisions in the Valley.''

Sunday's crash occurred at 4:35 p.m., when Shahenian, driving a 2002 Altima eastbound on Rinaldi Street between 90 and 100 mph, struck Iko's 1993 Toyota Camry The Toyota Camry is a mid-size sedan assembled by Toyota in Georgetown, Kentucky; Altona, Victoria, Guangzhou, China and the original factory in Toyota City, Japan. In some markets, the top range Camry models are seen as executive cars.  as he turned left at Hayvenhurst Avenue, police said. There was no evidence that Shahenian was racing another car.

Iko, a retired engineer from Litton Industries, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Shahenian was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is a hospital in Mission Hills, California, USA. The hospital has 254 beds, and is part of Providence Health & Services. History  for treatment of a broken arm. A passenger in his car was being treated for internal injuries.

Shahenian told police he had been driving the speed limit. He could not be reached Monday for comment.

At Iko's tidy hilltop Granada Hills home, family members gathered while friends passed pink roses to those bringing offerings of food.

A second generation Japanese-American interned during World War II, Iko was an avid golfer who had lived in the Valley more than 40 years. He was also a member of the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 Japanese-American Community Center in Pacoima.

Prior to his death, his family had been preparing for a Father's Day on the green and a large family wedding for one of three daughters.

Iko is survived by his wife, Joanne; his son Jeff of Sierra Madre; and his daughters Julie of Santa Monica, Sue of Redondo Beach and Christine of Los Angeles.

``It's horrific; everybody is just shocked,'' said Tony Caruso, 39, of Santa Monica, speaking on behalf of the family. ``It's just tough.

``He was just a very gentle man without a bad thing to say about anybody.''

Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730

dana.bartholomew(at)dailynews.com
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