Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 31-year-old motorist was killed during a fiery crash on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Carson when he was rear ended by a motorist driving under the influence of drugs, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

A 23-year-old Harbor City man was driving a 2013 Toyota northbound on the freeway, south of Avalon Boulevard when he rear ended a 2000 Isuzu a little after 6 a.m. Saturday, according to a CHP news statement.

The impact caused both vehicles to veer to the right. The Isuzu veered off the road and wedged itself into a tree located in a dirt embankment that borders the east road edge of the northbound freeway. The vehicle immediately became engulfed in flames, according to the statement.

The driver in that vehicle, a resident of Long Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving paramedics at 6:18 a.m. Saturday, according to the statement.

His name will be released pending notification of next of kin, county coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said.

The driver of the Toyota continued out of control in a northeast direction crossing through the right shoulder and into the dirt embankment, where it struck a posted informational sign and electrical pole.

The vehicle then veered to the left in a northwest direction, where it crossed all lanes of traffic and struck the concrete center divider wall.

The condition of the motorist was not immediately known, said CHP Officer Monica Posada.

He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, according to the CHP news statement.

City News Service

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