A motorist was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning on the San Diego (405) Freeway, on the outskirts of Encino.

It occurred at about 2:45 a.m. on the northbound freeway at Mulholland Drive, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The driver, a man approximately 30 years old, was traveling northbound at unknown speed in a red Nissan Rogue when he allowed the vehicle to veer off the roadway and up an ascending embankment, ultimately striking a freeway pole, the CHP said.

The vehicle sustained major front-end damage and the motorist, the lone occupant inside the Nissan, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle was discovered on the right shoulder of the freeway in a dirt area, the CHP said. A representative from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office was called to the scene at 3:40 a.m.

A Sigalert issued at 3:15 a.m., closing the Nos. 5 and 6 lanes of the northbound freeway, was canceled at 7:11 a.m.

The CHP’s West Valley area office asked anyone with information regarding the crash to call them at 818-888-0980.

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