Lancaster Man Killed After Car Plummets Off Mountain Road in Angeles National Forest

A man died when a car went over the side of a mountain road deep in the Angeles National Forest on July 26, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

A man died when a car went over the side of a mountain road deep in the Angeles National Forest on July 26, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

A 21-year-old Lancaster man died Friday after a car plummeted hundreds of feet over the side of a mountain road deep in the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge on Friday, officials said.

Authorities first received a call about 4:10 p.m. reporting a car had gone over the side of the roadway near Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway, near the Clear Creek Visitor Information Center, according to California Highway Patrol logs.

Tactical medics work at the scene of a fatal crash in which a car tumbled off the side of a mountain road in the Angeles National Forest on July 26, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

Tactical medics work at the scene of a fatal crash in which a car tumbled off the side of a mountain road in the Angeles National Forest on July 26, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Once medics managed to reach the wreck, they pronounced a man dead, officials said.

The victim was the only occupant of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster when, “Due to reasons that remain under investigation, (the driver) failed to negotiate the turn in the roadway, causing his vehicle to travel off the roadway and across a gorge, colliding with the ascending mountainside,” Officer A. Ornelas of the CHP’s Altadena-area office said in a written statement.

The mans identity was not released pending notification of family.

Officials initially shut down both directions of travel along Angeles Forest Highway, but soon reopened all but one southbound lane, logs show.

No further details were available.

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