Swedish Hip-Hop Star Held in LA Following ‘Road-Rage’ Incident in Which Pedestrian Died

Daily Mail (London), November 26, 2008

A Swedish hip-hop artist and songwriter has been arrested following a road-rage confrontation on a Hollywood street in which a pedestrian died.

Authorities say David Moses Jassy, a 34-year-old musician also known as Dave Monopoly, was to be arraigned today on charges of assault, battery and leaving the scene of a deadly accident.

Prosecutors claim that the victim, John Osnes, slapped Jassy’s rented sport utility vehicle on Sunday when it crept into his right of way as he crossed the road.

Jassy then got out of his car, punched Osnes in the face then kicked him in the head when Osnes bent over to pick up his glasses, Los Angeles prosecutors alleged in a written statement.

Jassy then broke free of several people trying to restrain him and allegedly ran over Osnes as he tried to flee.

Osnes, a 55-year-old jazz pianist, died at a hospital later that night.




Left: John T. Osnes. Right: The Swede charged with killing him.

[Editor’s Note: You can hear recordings of John Osnes playing the piano at the memorial page created for him: here.]


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