Man Dies After Driving Off Embankment On 5 Freeway

BURBANK (CBS) — A Sunland man died Tuesday morning after driving a gray Honda Pilot about 10 feet off an embankment in Burbank, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash was reported at 2:29 a.m. on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway south of Scott Road, CHP officials said.

Ernesto Orozco-Lopez, 25, died at the accident scene, according to the coroner’s office. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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    died after falling only 10 feet…how is that possible…My son is 6 feet 4….so 10 must have posibly died befor inpact..or hit something that caused him to die at impact…it blows me away to hear only 10 feet down and he dies

    • Atom&Yves

      10 feet at 80 mph?

      • Jackie

        If you don’t know don’t talk………

    • Duh!

      You do know that you can fall 3 feet, land wrong (usually head first) and break your neck thus killing you?

      There is even a story of a bride being pushed into an in ground swimming pool by her maid of honor and ending up paralyzed. (Google it)

    • ana

      yes, dont talk without knowing because people trip and die all the time you don’t know what happened in those 10 ft. Common its a person youre talking about. He was a very nice young family man.

  • VFF

    A lot of trees on the embankment of the southbound 5 after Scott Rd. My condolences. RIP.

    • Jackie

      Yes… those trees cause the death of my brother-in-law… thanks

      • ana

        i know him too and he was a very respectable man who loved his wife and children. Im sorry Jackie about him try and stay strong for your sister.

  • Ed Rooney

    What a nad.
    Another hispanic down, do we really care?

    • Giselle

      Ed I can’t belive how heartless you are. He was a loving son,brother,husband and father , friend and cousin.
      As a part of the family I can just hope that you don’t have to go through the pain of loosing A LOVED ONE like this family is going through .

      Ivon – He will truly be missed…

    • Ernie

      Ed I am an educated young Hispanic contributing my best to this world. It is comments like this that make Americans stupid.

      • Ivon Mendez

        Well said Ernie :) Ernesto was my best friends husband who left behind a 3yr old baby boy as well as a 6month old lil girl. He was a hard working man and had everything going for himself, He will be missed RIP :(

      • Jackie

        ay amiga thanks so much for all ur love & support….

  • g.s.

    thats really sad i feel really bad for the victims family your in my prayers

    • Jackie


  • Jackie Santana

    If anybody saw this accident please contact the CHP it would be really helpful because the trailer driver who threw them off the fwy escape & didn’t even stop to see how they were….. Ernesto R.I.P
    Love, Your Sister In law

    • Giselle

      I hope they find him… I wonder if he would of stopped and helped maybe Ernesto would still be here.

      • Jackie

        I totally agree with you Giselle….

  • jose luis

    lo lamento mucho ivon, me acavo de enterar, no conosi a este joven, pero conosco a su prima y me acava de contar lo sucedido, mi mas sincero pesame

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    • Jackie

      thanks so much amiga & thaks 2 every1 for the nice comments..

      • Atom&Yves


  • Lety & Julie Cazales

    Jackie & Denise,

    Im so sorry to hear about your lost, my heart sank as i read this article. My prayers are with you and your family. Love you guys so much. Keep your faith strong because god is here.

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