NEWPORT BEACH – A man died after apparently passing out behind the wheel and crashing into a retaining wall Monday morning, police said.
The driver, identified only as an older man, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Kirk Jacobi of the Newport Beach Police Department.
The crash was reported at about 8:40 a.m. near the intersection of West Coast Highway and Prospect Street, Jacobi said. All but one of the eastbound lanes along West Coast Highway have been blocked as police investigate the crash.
The crash is under investigation, but police believe the driver passed out before crashing into the wall.
“A driver behind him saw him slumped toward the steering wheel,” Jacobi said.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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