Los Angeles Medical Examiner Identifies Man Killed in Crash Involving Big Rig on 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks as Jarrett Townsend

405 Freeway Crash
Jarrett Townsend Killed in 405 Freeway Crash near Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks, California (September 22, 2023) – The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner identified the man who died in an early Thursday morning semi-truck crash near Sherman Oaks as Jarrett Townsend.

The 42-year-old man died in a crash that occurred around 4:40 a.m. on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway near the Mulholland Drive exit.

According to investigators, a semi-truck was traveling at a “low speed” when Townsend’s 1969 Volkswagen Beetle crashed into its back and became lodged underneath it.

Townsend was pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency personnel.

The investigators did not immediately establish the factors that contributed to the wreck.

All southbound lanes of I-405 near the crash scene remained closed during the investigation. Some lanes were back open after about an hour, but two right lanes remained shut down until just after 11 a.m.

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