A 30-year-old man driving a 1994 Honda Del Sol was killed in a fiery three-vehicle traffic crash on the Hollywood (170) Freeway in North Hollywood, where his car caught on fire and he died inside the vehicle, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.
The crash on the southbound freeway, south of Roscoe Boulevard, occurred about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, the CHP reported.
The 30-year-old Van Nuys man was driving in the number two lane of the southbound freeway when he suddenly slowed down and was rear-ended by a 2015 Lexus GS 350. The impact caused the Honda to veer to the left, striking the center divider and block the HOV lane.
A 2016 Lexus ES 350 then struck the left rear side of the Honda. The Honda was pushed toward the number three and four lanes, facing in a northerly direction. The Honda subsequently caught on fire.
“Bystanders attempted to remove Mr. Doe from the vehicle, however, the heat from the flames became too intense, and Mr. Doe succumbed to his injuries inside the Honda and (he) was pronounced dead at the scene,” according to a CHP news statement.
A representative from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office was called to the location a little after midnight.
Paramedics transported a 62-year-old woman who was a passenger in the 2016 Lexus ES 350 to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center-Burbank with minor injuries.
The roadway cleared a little after 4:15 a.m.