A motorist in a stalled Toyota Corolla burned to death today after a sport utility vehicle slammed into him on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway in Boyle Heights, the California Highway Patrol said.
The fiery crash on the southbound freeway approaching Mission Road was reported to the CHP at 3:29 a.m., according to a department statement.
The driver of the 2004 Toyota Corolla, a 30-year-old Norwalk man, appeared to have stalled out in the number three lane when he was struck by a 2002 Toyota Sequoia driven by a 37-year-old Corona man, according to the statement.
The impact sparked flames to ignite and then engulf the Corolla, as both vehicles came to a rest in the number one and two lanes of the freeway.
Another motorist was able to remove the driver from the Corolla, and the 30-year-old Norwalk man was unable to get out and was killed.
The 37-year-old man in the Toyota Sequoia suffered only minor injuries, CHP officers said.
Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor in the crash, but the report did not disclose if he would be cited or arrested.