Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES - The driver long unidentified after causing a crash that killed him and sparked a three-acre brush fire above Azusa was named recently.
Michael Ramirez, 25, from Los Angeles, died from multiple injuries, according to a report issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The crash occurred at mile marker 23 November 19. Ramirez’s unknown-model sedan was found 200 feet dover the side -- the body was found 80 feet from the embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol.
It was unclear if Ramirez was ejected, or walked away from the vehicle before dying.
A driver witnessed the car go over the embankment and flagged down Sheriff’s deputies, the CHP said.
CHP investigators determined Ramirez was traveling south at an unsafe speed and failed to negotiate a roadway curve, drove across northbound lanes, collided with a dirt embankment and descended into a ravine.
The crash sparked a three-acre brush fire that was quenched with ground crews and helicopters from the U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Fire personnel discovered the body while battling flames and Ramirez was declared dead at 6:56 p.m., the CHP said.
Ramirez was wearing a seat belt, the CHP said.