One man is dead after his vehicle flipped over Monday morning on Bouquet Canyon Road.
The solo vehicle crash happened shortly after 6:35 a.m. on Bouquet, about a quarter-mile south of the Texas Canyon Ranger Station.
The deceased man was identified only as a 22-year-old resident of Palmdale, diving a 2014 silver-colored Toyota.
“The vehicle overturned and landed on its roof,” Officer Zachary Emmons of the California Highway Patrol said, confirming one person died in the crash.
“There was flooding on Bouquet,” he noted.
Gates installed on Bouquet Canyon Road to close periodically when rain is forecast were not closed at any point this past weekend, said Kerjon Lee, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.
And, although CHP noted flooding on Bouquet north of Vasquez Canyon Road, the CHP Officer investigating the crash noted speed as a factor in Monday’s crash.
According to a news release prepared by CHP Officer B. Kovacs, the Toyota was traveling southbound on Bouquet Canyon Road at a high rate of speed.
The driver “failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, which caused the silver Toyota to leave the roadway and collide with a dirt embankment,” Kovacs wrote in the news release.
The driver died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.
“Excessive speed appears to be a contributing factor for the cause of this collision. However, a thorough investigation is ongoing,” Kovacs wrote, noting that it was raining at the time of the crash.
Investigators with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner arrived about 10 a.m.
Attempts are being made by Los Angeles County Coroner Office by investigator Lisa Bremson to notify the deceased man’s next-of-kin.
The crash prompted CHP to shut down the northbound Bouquet Canyon Road for about three hours. Bouquet was reopened about 10 a.m.
Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the crash.