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Motorist dies after veering off freeway ramp, into palm tree

A Torrance man was killed early Wednesday morning when his car veered off the side of a 605 Freeway offramp and rolled multiple times before finally slamming into a palm tree.

Ted Chang, 57, was pronounced dead on the South Street offramp in Cerritos around 12:20 a.m. after California Highway Patrol officers and Fire Department personnel removed him from his Infinity Q35, authorities said.     

Chang was the only occupant of the vehicle, CHP officer Francisco Villalobos said, adding that no one else was hurt.

“At this point it appears to be a solo vehicle collision,” Villalobos said. “We’re still trying to determine why he went off the road. We’ll await the coroner report to determine the cause of death.”

CHP officers closed the far right lane of the 605 while they cleared the debris and shut down the South Street offramp for about three hours, Villalobos said.


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