WEST COVINA >> A man died at the scene of a solo-car crash in West Covina early Sunday, officials said.
The crash took place about 9 a.m. at Francisquito and Sunset avenues, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The driver had not been positively identified, however he was believed to be a West Covina man in his mid-40s, West Covina police Sgt. Keith Shishido said.
“It appears that he was traveling westbound on Francisquito Avenue,” Patton said.
After traveling through the intersection, the older-model Toyota Camry struck brick wall in front of a home along the north side of Francisquito Avenue, just west of Sunset Avenue.
The car slid along the brick and metal gate, narrowly squeezing between the wall and a traffic signal pole and a tree before slamming into another tree along the sidewalk, Shishido said.
Paramedics found the badly injured driver slumped over the steering wheel, Patton said. “He was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel.”
“We’re relatively certain the speed had something to do with it,” Shishido said.
“There was a witness. The witness was indicating that the vehicle did appear to be traveling a little higher-than-normal rate of speed,” he said.
Police had not yet determined whether intoxicated driving was a factor in the fatal crash, Shishido.
No other vehicles were believed to be involved in the crash, the sergeant added.