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Driver, 85, Suffered Aneurysm Before Crash on I-15: ME

The driver was later identified as an 85-year-old man from the Los Angeles area

firefighters lower down to truck

An 85-year-old driver lost consciousness before crashing and running off Interstate 15 near Bonsall late Saturday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP responded to reports of a vehicle down a dirt embankment around 6 p.m. along I-15, north of the Gopher Canyon Road exit. They discovered a husband and wife in a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser off the side of northbound I-15, the CHP said.

The driver, George Shoji Kobashi of Los Angeles, turned to his wife moments before and stated he wasn't feeling well. He then lost consciousness and slumped over the steering wheel, causing the woman to grab the steering wheel while the vehicle continued moving forward, according to the CHP.

The SUV crashed into a guardrail within the center divider and veered east across all lanes of I-15, continuing down a dirt embankment, the CHP said.

On Wednesday, the Medical Examiner's Office said Kobashi suffered an aneurysm at the time of the crash.

Kobashi was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said, and the woman was found "alert and well."

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