FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man was killed after he crashed into a fence along a highway in Fresno on Tuesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Just before 9 p.m., officers were called out to the area of Kings Canyon and Temperance avenues, near Highway 180, after someone reported that a car had been involved in an accident.
When officers arrived, they found the driver, identified as a man in his 30s or 40s, who had already died from his injuries.
While investigating, officers say they learned the car had been speeding down Kings Canyon when it crashed into a fence at the end of the road, impaling the driver with a post.
Officers say they believe the driver most likely didn’t realize that he was approaching the end of the roadway prior to the crash.
“We are thinking he didn’t see, coupled with the speed. The distance he traveled in a standard car with the uneven terrain suggests he was well above the speed limit,” said CHP Sgt. Nick Ranger.
After hitting the fence, officers say the car became airborne and rolled over onto the embankment of the highway after crashing into a sign.
Officers have not yet identified the driver, but say he was alone in the car at the time of the crash.
It’s unclear if alcohol or drugs played a factor in this crash, but officers say it’s not the first time someone hasn’t noticed the end of the road in the area.