Hastings sent email stating 'need to go off the radar' hours before death - Report --Email was sent just before 1 p.m. on Monday, 15 hours before the deadly crash 21 Jun 2013 he crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings was ruled an accident by police, but conspiracy theories continued to circulate on Friday. Hastings, 33, was killed in a fiery solo-vehicle crash in Hancock Park early Tuesday morning. Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs told KTLA that he received an email from Hastings on Monday. Biggs had known Hastings since 2008, when the journalist was embedded in his unit in Afghanistan. "On Monday morning, I woke up and I got an email, and it's very panicked," Biggs said. He was blind-copied on the email, which was sent to Hastings's colleagues. In part, it said that the feds were interviewing his close friends and associates, and that he was onto a big story and needed to get off the radar.