Police are investigating an accident at the corner of Sunset Canyon and Olive that left a El Cajon man dead after striking the stone pillar at the entrance to Country Club Drive.
Police were dispatched along with a full rescue response from the fire department around 12:30 pm on Wednesday, April 1 for a report of a solo vehicle traffic accident with a person trapped in the vehicle.
Once they arrived, it was determined that the driver was deceased and was pronounced at the scene. There were no other people in the vehicle, a white Mercedes-Benz, that police have determined had struck the pillar head-on, resulting in major damage to the vehicle. The coroner was notified who responded to the scene to pick up the victim.
Police reported that several witnesses near the scene of the accident reported seeing the car driving erratically and speeding before the collision occurred. It will not be known if drugs or alcohol played a factor until the coroner releases his preliminary report.
At the time of the crash, the Mercedes was reported as a stolen vehicle. Burbank traffic investigators later learned the car was stolen earlier in the morning from a relative of the victim. No other vehicles were involved and the Public Works Department was called out to inspect the damage to the pillar.
Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau, at (818) 238-3100.