A 47-year-old man found dead in a car Thursday on the shoulder of the northbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Norwalk suffered his fatal injury when he punched a plate glass window during an earlier domestic dispute, investigators said.

The death was reported at 1:13 a.m. on the right shoulder of the freeway at the Firestone Boulevard exit, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities withheld the name of the man, who was in his 40s, pending family notification.

An autopsy was pending, but sheriff’s officials said the man appeared to have bled to death.

“Preliminary investigation has revealed that the (man) … was involved in a domestic disturbance at his residence in the city of Norwalk earlier in the evening,” according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “During the course of that incident, the decedent punched a plate-glass window, which caused a laceration to his left arm, subsequently severing his artery. After the laceration, the decedent entered his vehicle and drove away from the location. His wound caused him to bleed profusely. Detectives believe he drove to the 605 Freeway and eventually expired.”

California Highway Patrol officers were in the area and saw what appeared to be a disabled car on the freeway shoulder.

“The officers stopped to render assistance, and upon approaching the vehicle discovered an unconscious male adult inside,” according to the CHP.

The officers called paramedics, who pronounced the man dead at the scene.

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