LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Unsafe driving and rainy roads caused the driver of a pick-up truck to lose control of his vehicle on a freeway transition road near Glendale, crash into a raised asphalt curb and kill a 49-year-old woman passenger, the California Highway Patrol said today.
The woman died at scene of the crash, on a sharp curve next to the Los Angeles River. She was later identified as Isabel A. Robles.
The driver, a 54-year-old man, escaped the crash with only minor injuries. He was not arrested, according to a department statement.
The driver told California Highway Patrol Officers that his wife was not responding to his commands or voice, according to CHP traffic logs.
The crash was on the freeway transition road from the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway to the eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway. It was reported to the CHP at 9:23 a.m. Saturday, according to the statement.
By 9:49 a.m. authorities issued a Sig Alert. All lanes were opened by 1:33 p.m.
The motorist, driving a 1991 Ford F-150 was going northbound at more than the posted 35 mile per hour caution speed when he lost control of the truck, allowed it to "fish tail" to the left of the transition road and strike a guard rail.
CHP reports said the driver overcorrected the movement, veered and spun to the right side of the transition road in a clockwise direction. It hit the raised asphalt curb on the right side of the transition road, and rolled several times down the dirt and brush, winding up on its roof.