A man killed when he possibly suffered a cardiac event or other health disorder and his pickup truck slammed into a boulder in Perris was identified Monday as a 74-year-old Canyon Lake resident.
Edward Strong was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday in the 27700 block of Greenwald Avenue, just south of Lari Mark Street.
California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Lassig said Strong was driving his 2015 Nissan Frontier south on Greenwald at roughly 50 mph with a 13-year-old girl in the right front passenger seat when the pickup veered sharply left and crashed through a wall and iron fence. The truck then “traveled into an open dirt field before colliding with a large rock,” he said.
Witnesses removed Strong from the vehicle and initiated CPR because he was unconscious and not breathing, according to Lassig.
Riverside County Fire Department paramedics arrived within a few minutes and pronounced Strong dead at the scene. His passenger, a Canyon Lake resident whose name was withheld, suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.
Lassig said an autopsy was pending to determine whether the victim had a medical condition that precipitated the crash.
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