LOCAL : Canoga Park Mishap Kills Driver

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

An automobile overturned on a Canoga Park street this morning, killing the driver and leaving a passenger unhurt, Los Angeles police reported.

The accident occurred at 3:50 a.m. in the 8500 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, and the victim, whose identity was not known, died at the scene. Officer Leona Thomas said the car was headed south when the driver reached across the dashboard to adjust the radio and the car went out of control.

The car hit the center dividing curb, crossed back over the southbound lanes, hit a light poll and overturned on the front lawn of a house. The male driver suffered fatal head injuries, but the male passenger, who also was not identified, was uninjured.

The accident is being investigated further, Thomas said.

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