Tragedy in Murrieta

A driver died in a crash in Murrieta early Monday morning, authorities confirmed. The driver, whose identity was not revealed, died at the scene of the crash, which was reported around 2 a.m., according to the Murrieta Police Department. A preliminary investigation found that the driver was heading north on Whitewood, just north of Calle De Tres Amigos. For unknown reasons, the driver's vehicle veered off the road, hit the curb, and crashed into a tree, causing it to catch fire completely. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and no other injuries were reported. Murrieta police are still investigating the cause of the crash and whether the driver was under the influence of substances. The speed of the vehicle at the time of the accident is still unknown, and police do not believe that any other vehicles were involved. Whitewood Road was closed in both directions for several hours. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Murrieta Police traffic investigator Stickelman at 951-461-6306 or, or Traffic Department Sergeant Steve Whiddon at 951-461-6323 or  
Location: Whitewood Rd & Calle De Tres Amigos, Murrieta, CA 92563
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