EL CAJON, Calif. - A man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the right shoulder embankment on Interstate 8 near Mollison Avenue in El Cajon, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The victim was identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as 30-year-old Ismael Perez Chavez.
Chavez died in the crash at 11:50 p.m. Saturday according to the CHP.
Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it veered across traffic lanes, left the freeway, plunged down a steep embankment and struck a large tree, the Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement.
Smoke reportedly was coming from the vehicle and it appeared to be catching fire, CHP officers said. Firefighters were called to free someone trapped inside the car, but CHP officers called for the medical examiners just after midnight, according to CHP logs.