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Duarte man dies when car plunges off mountain road

February 5, 2012 | 11:52 am

This post has been corrected. Please see below for details.

A 20-year-old Duarte man died early Sunday morning after the car he was driving missed a turn and plunged off a winding mountain road, the California Highway Patrol said.

The dead man had been ejected from the car, a Honda sedan, the CHP said.

The highway patrol said Alex Rodriguez, 20, was driving the vehicle on San Gabriel Canyon Road around 1 a.m. and lost control on a curve. The car fell about 100 feet down an embankment.

A passenger, an unidentified 16-year-old girl, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for minor injuries.

The CHP said it is investigating whether drugs or alcohol may have been involved. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the CHP at (626) 338-1164 or, after hours, at (323) 982-4900.

[For the record, 12:32 p.m. Feb.5: An earlier version of this post said the victim was a 16-year-old passenger. The victim was a 20-year-old driver.]

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