PACOIMA (  —   The Coroner’s Office Sunday publicly identifed the driver of a pickup truck who was killed when an out-of-control truck  careened off the Foothill (210) Freeway and into cross traffic at an underpass.

Jorge Luis Garcia, 33, of Sylmar, died in the 6:40 a.m. Friday crash, at Foothill Boulevard and Paxton Street, said Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed
Winter and Lt. Fred Corral.

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Four others were badly hurt, some in critical condition, according to reports.

Officials said the accident likely occurred when a truck driver began having a coughing fit and lost control of his vehicle approaching the
Paxton Street offramp, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Ming Hsu.

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“The driver was on the freeway in the number four lane, had a coughing fit, lost control of the vehicle, came down the embankment and onto the offramp,” Hsu said.

The truck then slammed into an SUV and a car that were stopped at a stop sign, and then crashed into the pickup truck, pushing it into a dump truck, killing Garcia and injuring the four others.

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“We definitely are looking into distracted driving and intoxication,” Hsu said. “However, at this point, there are no indications of any of those.”