A La Mesa man was identified Saturday as the person killed when a box truck went off Highway 74 in Palm Desert.

The crash occurred at 8:38 p.m. on Highway 74 about 2 1/2 miles south of the Vista Point, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office.

Seventy-four-year-old Joseph Birney was pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner’s office said..

The box truck fell about 200 feet from the roadway, according to the Riverside County Fire Department, which responded to the crash.

It was not immediately clear if Birney was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and further details were not available.

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