A La Grange man who appeared to be driving drunk died Wednesday afternoon after he lost control of his pickup and crashed along Highway 132 in Mariposa County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 69-year-old man was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Authorities did not release his name Thursday, pending proper family notification.
The crash occurred about 3:20 p.m. on the highway's intersection with Enebro Way, just west of Coulterville. The man was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado west on the highway, with no passengers, and was wearing his seat belt, according to the CHP.
A witness told CHP officers the man was driving at speeds of 40 mph to 80 mph in a zone marked with a 55 mph speed limit.
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The CHP said the pickup weaved numerous times over the double-yellow center line and onto the right shoulder. The pickup driver then activated the right turn signal and attempted a high-speed turn onto westbound Enebro. The pickup's rear slid slightly to the left as its driver lost control of his vehicle.
The pickup struck an asphalt curb, causing the vehicle to launch into the air and fall down a steep embankment. The pickup struck the bottom, overturned and came to rest on its roof.
The man appeared to be driving while under the influence of alcohol based on the witness account of his driving and the scent of alcohol on the pickup driver's breath, according to the CHP.