A 25-year-old Midpines man was killed early Sunday morning after losing control of his car and crashing on Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver's name hasn’t been released, pending notification of his family or next-of-kin.
The man was driving a 2003 Volkswagon Jetta westbound on the highway, less than a mile west of the Cedar Lodge, at an unknown speed.
For unknown reasons, the driver allowed the car to travel left, across the eastbound lane and into an embankment. He then turned sharply to the right, and the car traveled across both lanes of the highway and off the south roadway edge.
The car went airborne off the embankment and crashed into a tree, fell to the ground and landed on its passenger side near the Merced River. The driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP.
Fluids from the vehicle went into the river, according to the CHP, and the crash was declared a hazardous material incident.
CHP said it's unknown whether DUI was a factor in the incident.
— Sun-Star staff