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Another charred body found

Motorist found in car on I-5 near Smokey Bear Road

Posted: July 7, 2008 1:32 a.m.
Updated: September 7, 2008 5:03 a.m.
The body of a Northern California man was found burned in his vehicle Sunday morning on Interstate 5 near Smokey Bear Road, according to officials.

Alvaro Rodriguez, 38, was found burned in his vehicle shortly after 4 a.m. It was the only reported death in the Santa Clarita Valley during the Fourth of July weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to Officer Burton, a vehicle fire was reported at about 4 a.m. on I-5 just south of Highway 138. When CHP officers and county fire crews arrived on the scene, they discovered a 1994 Acura Integra fully engulfed in flames, Burton said in his report.

After the fire was knocked down, fire officials found Rodriguez’s body inside.

An investigation immediately ensued, Burton said, adding in his report there were “obvious signs of an earlier traffic collision, which triggered the vehicle to ignite into flames.” However, details were not released about what portions of the vehicle indicated it had been in a collision.

Burton said it was not clear whether Rodriguez was killed in the fire or after the initial traffic collision.

Rodriguez apparently was traveling to his home in Gridley, which is located about 60 miles north of Sacramento.

A second vehicle was not found in the area, and no further injuries or fatalities were reported, according to the CHP.

The investigation was ongoing as of Sunday afternoon.

Alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

Rodriguez was the second charred body found in a burned vehicle this week.

On Tuesday, a yet-to-be identified body was found near a 1992 Pontiac van on Briggs Road near Agua Dulce Canyon Road. When officials arrived on the scene, they discovered the Pontiac in flames. After the fire was put out, officials reportedly found the driver a few feet away.

According to officials, the body was charred beyond recognition, and the county Coroner’s Office has been unable to identify the body.

While Rodriguez was the only person killed in the Santa Clarita Valley over the Independence Day holiday weekend, officers reportedly made at least 25 drunk-driving-related arrests since Thursday evening.

Also, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station reported 170 fireworks-related calls on Friday. Deputies reportedly made one arrest, issued eight citations and made 11 fireworks seizures.

Additional information, which would include arrests and/or seizures made through Sunday evening, will be released by the sheriff’s station today.


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