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Off-duty L.A. deputy dies in Interstate 15 crash

August 11, 2011 |  3:41 pm

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An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was killed early Thursday in a single-car accident on Interstate 15 at the 215 Freeway interchange in Devore.

Deputy David Nelson, 55, of Victorville was driving south on I-15 near Kenwood Avenue about 3:50 a.m. when the car hit a dirt shoulder and rolled several times before catching on fire, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Emergency personnel put out the fire. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene, and authorities said no one else was in the car, a 2003 Toyota Camry.

The crash blocked two lanes until about 7 a.m. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

The Sheriff’s Department said Nelson was a 22-year veteran was assigned to the court service bureau.

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Photo:  An off-duty sheriff's deputy died in a fiery crash on southbound Interstate 15 early Thursday in Devore. Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times

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