A motorist was killed Tuesday and his passenger was injured when their disabled SUV was rear-ended by a truck on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway in Bel Air, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash occurred about 4 a.m. south of Bel Air Crest Road, and resulted in closure of three northbound lanes for more than six hours, the CHP reported.
According to the CHP, the man who was killed was driving a 2014 Dodge Journey that became disabled in the No. 4 lane and was hit by a 2019 Kenworth driven by 49-year-old Craig Zackery of La Habra.
“Due to Zackery’s driving his 2019 Kenworth at an unsafe speed for stopped traffic conditions, the front of the 2019 Kenworth collided into the rear of the 2014 Dodge Journey,” according to a CHP statement.
The man driving the Dodge died at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of his relatives. A 32-year-old Los Angeles woman riding in the Dodge was taken to a hospital for treatment of what were described as major injuries, the CHP reported.
Zackery was not injured and was not arrested, according to the CHP, which reported that alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the collision.
The Nos. 4, 5 and 6 northbound lanes of the freeway were closed until about 10:30 a.m., according to the CHP.