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Motorist killed in Malibu Canyon

July 5, 2009 | 10:34 pm

A 41-year old man was killed at 5:30 p.m. today after his car veered over the side of Malibu Canyon Road and plunged 500 feet into the canyon, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol Officer David Porter said the agency was investigating reports that the man was driving recklessly and trying to pass other cars on the narrow road.

CHP officers closed the roadway in both directions between Pacific Coast Highway and Piuma Canyon Road just before 8 p.m. to retrieve the car. The road was reopened just before 9:30 p.m.

 -- Maeve Reston