Friends of a San Diego college student gathered near a makeshift memorial at the site of a deadly car accident on southbound Interstate 5.
California Highway Patrol officers received several calls reporting a fire on I-5, just north of Palm Ave., around 6:12 a.m. Sunday.
Authorities said they didn’t realize the fire stemmed from a car accident until they arrived at the scene and found a wrecked 2004 Cadillac CTS rolled over on its roof, engulfed in the flames and sparked a brush fire.
Pablo Baltierra, 18, died when his car drifted off the road, rolled down an embankment and struck a tree according to friends.
Friends said Baltierra was a running back on the football team at Mar Vista High School.
Classmate Yanett Torres said he as a good dancer who had a lot of friends.
Baltierra was starting his first year at Kaplan College according to friends.
The CHP said no one appears to have actually witnessed the accident.