The body of a 20-year-old California man landed on a freeway sign during a horrific car accident. According to reports from staff at Fox 11 News, several veteran newscasters say they have never seen such a spectacle before.
Richard Pananian died on Oct. 20 while driving to work around 7 a.m. Pananian reportedly was speeding and passing vehicles on the right shoulder of the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Pananian's car, a 2004 Ford Fiesta, collided into a truck and rolled over numerous times. Pananian, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car. His body was propelled onto a 20-foot tall freeway sign. Rescue crews needed a ladder in order to retrieve Pananian's body, reports The L.A. Times.
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Before the crash, the California Highway Patrol received a phone call about a reckless driver of a Ford Fiesta.
In the GoFundMe page established for Pananian's funeral expenses, a relative said that a lamb sacrifice had been performed to protect him from harm days before the fatal crash.
“A week ago today on 10/25 the family had done what is called a ‘matag’ or a lamb sacrifice for Richard to protect him from harm and evil,” wrote cousin Armen Kardashian, reports KTLA 5 News. “In the Armenian culture sacrifices are done when someone escapes death, as Richards life was once spared.”
No information was provided regarding the manner in which Pananian had previously escaped death.
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“I find it ironic that 5 days after this offering to God, not only did God choose to take this young mans life, but decided to make such a spectacle out of it," Kardashian said.
The 20-year-old was described as being a generous and compassionate person who enjoyed working with cars.
“He loved to work on, with, around cars, was never afraid to get his hands dirty. He was a type of person that would remember you, and call you to say hey I hope your having a good day. Completely selfless and gave to others before taking himself,” Kardashian stated.
More than $15,000 has been raised to help the family with funeral expenses, according to the LA Times.
"He really was a genuine soul," Kardashian told ABC 7 News. "I personally don't run across a lot of people who are as genuine and loving and caring as Richard," Kardashian said. "His memory is forever in our hearts."