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Speeding Jeep Driver Crushed To Death In Overpass

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An SUV driver was killed early Saturday morning when his car was wedged underneath an overpass after swerving off a freeway embankment in Boyle Heights.

Early reports suggest that the driver was traveling at an “extremely high rate of speed” when his Jeep Grand Cherokee careened off the transition road from the northbound 5 Freeway to the eastbound 10, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Justin Paul told KTLA. The force of the collision flattened the top half of the SUV, pinning the vehicle and driver beneath the overpass between the embankment and the bridge. CHP reports that there were no skid marks or other indications that the driver—whose identity has not yet been released—hit the brakes before the crash. The driver—the only person in the vehicle—was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, however, the SRT8 model of Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in the crash is known for its "rocket-like power" and for being a "handful on the road". Designed more like a sports car than a typical SUV, certain models are often modified for drag racing. That said, there is no indication at this point that there was drag racing or modification involved with this particular crash or if the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.