Man killed in solo-vehicle crash along Hwy 180 west of Kings Canyon Natl Park

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A man was killed in a Friday morning, solo-vehicle crash along Highway 180 west of Kings Canyon National Park, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision was reported at 7:13 a.m. on Highway 180, just west of Highway 245, spokesman Mike Salas said.

A 60-year-old man was driving a 2000 Honda Accord east on the highway at an unknown speed.

Salas said for reasons yet determined, the driver allowed the Accord to cross Highway 180 and struck a rock face on the north side of the roadway.

The Accord overturned and came to rest within the westbound lane of Highway 180.

The sole occupant, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene, Salas said.

The CHP reported earlier that other motorists had performed CPR on the victim before paramedics arrived.

Salas said the driver was wearing a seatbelt; however, it is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash.

Highway 180 was closed between Millwood Road and Highway 245 as authorities investigated the crash.

The CHP later reported that the Accord sustained major rollover damage.

The victim was later identified as David Borchardt, 60, of Visalia, by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

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