Driver found dead in vehicle, prompting closure of 605 Fwy in Hawaiian Gardens area

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The 605 Freeway was partially closed Friday morning after a man was found dead inside a vehicle in the Hawaiian Gardens area, officials said.

A California Highway Patrol officer was driving on the freeway around 5:15 a.m. when he spotted a Toyota 4Runner stopped on the right shoulder north of Spring Street and saw the driver slumped over, according to CHP officials.

The driver, who had a single gunshot wound to his chest, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said they found a firearm in the vehicle.

CHP officials said it’s unclear if any foul play was involved.

The man was later identified as 50-year-old Aaron Daniel Goldman of Long Beach. A family member told authorities Goldman was heartbroken over the death of his son, who was killed last year in a car crash, according to CHP.

Investigators closed down two northbound lanes of the freeway for hours at Carson Street as they probed the scene. The lanes reopened around 9:15 a.m.

Morning traffic was seen backed up for miles while the freeway was closed for the investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

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