A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employee driving a Shelby Cobra “at a high rate of speed” lost control of the roadster and crashed early Thursday in Temple City, killing himself and injuring his passenger.
The crash was reported at 2:10 a.m. on Santa Anita Avenue north of Freer Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Cameron Blaine Fish, 33, of Temple City died at the scene, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported.
Fish was “a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,” a sheriff’s spokesperson said.
Fish’s passenger, 28-year-old Diana Whang of Temecula, was hospitalized with “moderate” injuries to her head, the CHP reported. Her condition was initially listed as “critical” by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
According to the CHP’s preliminary report, Fish was driving a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 north on Santa Anita “at a high rate of speed.”
“Due to (his) unsafe speed, he was unable to safely negotiate a curve in the roadway,” a CHP statement said.
“The Cobra roadster veered to the left, off the road and onto a center median, striking a raised street sign and a light pole,” the CHP said. “The impact caused (him) to be ejected from his vehicle. … It is unknown if either of the occupants were wearing their seatbelts or if alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in this crash.”
Any witnesses or anyone with further information on the crash were urged to call the CHP Baldwin Park Area office at 626-338-1164.