A Harbor Freeway (110) road sign. Photo from MyNewsLA.com
A Harbor Freeway (110) road sign. Photo from MyNewsLA.com

Authorities Sunday were trying to figure out why a distraught driver who went the wrong way on the transition road from the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway to the westbound Glenn Anderson/Century (105) Freeway jumped from the overpass more than 100 feet to his death in the Athens area of Los Angeles.

The tragic chain of events began when the CHP received calls that a motorist was driving the wrong way on the transition road, CHP officer Lance Nieves told City News Service.

“Our units responded and found the car on the right shoulder of the transition road. Officers went to the car to make sure the driver was OK. The driver got out and appeared very distraught to our officers,” Nieves said.

When the officers tried to talk to the man to find out what was wrong, he suddenly bolted and jumped from the transition road onto the southbound 110 Freeway.

“Paramedics responded but the man was pronounced dead at the scene,” Nieves said of the death plunge Saturday at about 7 a.m.. The man’s age was not yet known and his name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Nieves said the drop was at least 100 feet. Officers never learned why the man was so upset, he added.

The transition road from the southbound 110 Freeway to the westbound 105 Freeway was for most of the day Saturday shut down causing serious traffic backups. A Sigalert was issued by the CHP, which also closed the carpool, number 1 and 2 lanes on the southbound 110 Freeway for the death investigation.

The transition road was finally reopened just before 5 p.m.

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