Car with body found

Car plunged over a cliff; CHP of­fi­cer says hik­ers found mo­torist dead

The Signal - - Front page - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer jholt@sig­ 661-287-5527 On Twit­ter @jame­sarthurholt

A mo­torist is dead after his car plunged over a cliff and down a 400foot ravine in Cas­taic late Wed­nes­day.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened a “cou­ple of days ago” with no wit­nesses, Of­fi­cer Josh Green­gard of the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol said late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“Some hik­ers were down in the ravine and saw the ve­hi­cle,” he said. “They in­ves­ti­gated and saw the body.”

The dis­cov­ery was made at ap­prox­i­mately 4 p.m., about one mile north of Lake Hughes Road on Ridge Route Road.

“This was a solo ve­hi­cle went over the em­bank­ment,” Green­gard said.

“There was one dead at the scene,” he said, de­scrib­ing the de­ceased man as the “solo oc­cu­pant” of a 2013 Jetta.

About 4:05 p.m., paramedics with the Los An­ge­les County Fire De­part­ment were dis­patched to the re­mote stretch of Ridge Route Road, Fire De­part­ment spokes­woman Vanessa Lozano said.

“Paramedics found the per­son dead on ar­rival,” she said, not­ing fire­fight­ers es­ti­mated the drop to be about 400 feet.

At 5 p.m., paramedics were wait­ing for of­fi­cials with the Los An­ge­les County De­part­ment of Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner-Coro­ner to ar­rive.

Get­ting to the crash site, how­ever, proved a chal­lenge for emer­gency re­sponse crews.

“They’re go­ing to have a dif­fi­cult time re­triev­ing the ve­hi­cle,” Green­gard said.

“They may not be able to get the ve­hi­cle out of there to­day,” he said, not­ing the body of the de­ceased man would be turned over to the coro­ner.

CHP of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, Green­gard said.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal

Emer­gency re­sponse crews work to get a body out of a ravine on Wed­nes­day. A Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cer said that hik­ers went down in the ravine and found a ve­hi­cle with a body in­side. Of­fi­cers con­firmed that the mo­torist was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal

Fire­fight­ers work to re­trieve a body that was found in­side a ve­hi­cle on Wed­nes­day.

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