NBC Channel 4 Los Angeles News reported recently that a recent motor vehicle accident in Sherman Oaks on the morning of Monday, February 8, in which a man rear-ended a box truck on the 101 Freeway, may have been caused by the box truck’s driver driving under the influence (DUI.)
According to officials with the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred on Monday, February 8, 2021 between 1:55 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) along the eastbound lanes of the 101 Freeway near Van Nuys Boulevard. A sport-utility vehicle driven by a man estimated to be 30-40 years of age rear-ended a box truck that was apparently stopped on the freeway. The victim was the sole occupant of the SUV and was declared dead at the scene of the injuries he sustained in the incident.
The driver of the truck, 29 years of age, was booked under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. He’s being held on $15,000 bail.
Two eastbound lanes were back open by 4:00 a.m., but the other lanes of the freeway were still closed as late as 6:00 a.m. for cleanup and investigation.