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CHP: Driver flees crash in Wrightwood, leaves dead passenger behind

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Undated File Photo of a CHP Patrol units in the desert. (Gabriel D Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in identifying a driver that fled from an accident scene leaving his passenger to die in a burning car, officials said.

It happened on Sunday, June 23, 3019, at about 11:42 pm.

CHP officials said an unknown driver was driving a 2018 Chevy Cruze, eastbound State Route 2, west of State Route 138, at a high rate of speed. 

“For reasons still under investigation, the unknown driver failed to negotiate the curvature in the roadway and collided head-on into the side of a hill. As a result of the impact, the vehicle caught fire and became fully engulfed,” stated a CHP news release.

The unidentified driver fled the scene of the crash leaving behind an unidentified male passenger who sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by fire department personnel.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone who may have witnessed this collision or has information on the identity the of the hit and run driver or victim is urged to contact the CHP Victorville area office at (760) 241-1186.  

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