A speeding motorist was drunk when he smashed his 2001 Ford Mustang into guardrails at the western end of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway and died from the fiery crash, but two teenaged passengers escaped, authorities said.
Giovanny Soto, 19, of Bell, was identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office as the man who died in the flames as two other cars struck the wreckage.
The crash was reported at 1:35 a.m. Saturday in the transition from westbound 10 freeway to Pacific Coast Highway in the McClure Tunnel where the Santa Monica (10) Freeway meets Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.
He said investigators believe the Mustang struck the metal guardrail on the north side of the freeway, went up an embankment and struck a concrete wall.
The Mustang spun back onto the freeway, facing the wrong way, blocking both lanes and catching fire, CHP officials said.
The driver remained trapped inside the car and died in the flames, according to the CHP.
Two male passengers, ages 16 and 19, were able to scramble out as a 2008 Audi A4 and Jeep Cherokee crashed at the wreckage, authorities said.
The 19-year-old Mustang passenger suffered a cut to his face. Paramedics took him to a nearby hospital with what was described as moderate injuries.
The 16-year-old boy had minor cuts to the left hand and also was hospitalized.