A motorist killed when his vehicle went 200 feet over the side of a road near the San Gabriel Reservoir, sparking a blaze that burned about three acres, was driving at an unsafe speed around a curve when the crash occurred, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday.

The driver lost control about 5:10 p.m. Monday near mile marker 23 of San Gabriel Canyon Road in Angeles National Forest, about five miles outside the Azusa city limits. The car was southbound, being driven “at an unsafe speed,” when it hit a curve north of the San Gabriel Dam, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver was “unable to navigate the curvature in the roadway” and “traveled across the northbound lane and across the east shoulder,” the CHP reported. “The front bumper of the sedan collided with the dirt embankment on the east shoulder before the sedan descended down the dirt and brush ravine. The sedan came to rest approximately 200 feet east of the roadway edge.”

The crash sparked a fire that burned about three acres of brush, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher.

As firefighters were working to extinguish the flames, the driver was found about 80 feet east of the roadway edge and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. His name and age were not immediately available.

The road was closed in both directions and a SigAlert was issued about 5:50 p.m. All lanes were reopened about 11:45 p.m.

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