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Man killed in fiery crash on 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights

September 30, 2012 |  9:39 am

A 30-year-old man was killed overnight when an SUV struck his stalled car on the 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights, sparking a fire that engulfed his vehicle.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office identified the man as Leonel Escobar, of Norwalk.

California Highway Patrol said his Toyota Corolla stalled in one of the southbound lanes of the freeway near North Mission Road when a Toyota Sequoia hit the car about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Escobar's car caught fire and although a passerby was able to pull the driver of the Sequoia out of the SUV, Escobar was unable to get out of his burning car.

The driver of the other car, identified only as a 37-year-old Corona woman, suffered minor injuries, CHP said. No other injuries were reported.

The southbound lanes of the freeway were closed until about 4:30 a.m.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, the CHP said.


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