Officers tried to pull the driver over for speeding northbound on Route 55 around 1:24 a.m. Sunday but the chase was canceled because of the suspect’s high rate of speed. Witnesses claim the driver was speeding over 100 mph.
The driver then crashed into a guardrail on the northbound 5 Freeway, sending the car airborne and into a tree.
Authorities say the person was thrown from the car and the hillside, where it landed and caught on fire. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The northbound 5 Freeway lanes and southbound Route 55 lanes near the split were expected to remain closed until Sunday afternoon.
The driver was wanted for failing to yield, the CHP says.