Motorist dies after driving off 60 Freeway in Boyle Heights

Crash took place west of Indiana Street on 60 Freeway


Boyle Heights  —  Officials are still trying to figure what caused a man to drive off a freeway embankment in a fatal single-vehicle crash on the 60 Freeway Monday night.

The incident happened at 8 p.m. when the driver of a white 1999 Isuzu Rodeo going eastbound on the 60 Freeway drove onto the right shoulder of the freeway and ascended a dirt embankment west of Indiana Street, according to a report released by the California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle managed to avoid colliding with other vehicles before hitting a light post and a freeway sign and overturning onto the concrete roadway.

The driver, a 46-year-old Monterey Park resident, was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics.

It is unknown what caused the driver to veer off of the freeway embankment, but police believe alcohol wasn’t a factor in the incident.

The accident prompted the closure of several lanes on the 60 Freeway near the border of Boyle Heights and unincorporated East Los Angeles, KTLA reported.

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