On January 23, 2017 at approximately 2:00 am, Los Angeles County Fire Department received a report of a car that went off a cliff in Mount Baldy, near Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail after being advised by CHP that a vehicle veered off the mountain around that area.
When crews arrived on scene, they located a pickup truck about 70 ft down the side of the mountain. The vehicle was badly damaged and on it’s side and the driver was trapped inside. Rescuers had to cut parts of the truck away in order to free the man from the mangled remains of his truck.
Authorities say that the 25 year old driver of the vehicle, Hunter Kittle, fell asleep at the wheel and veered across the road downhill, until he went over the side of the mountain, crashing his truck approximately 70 ft down a cliff. The family claims that a factor in the crash could’ve been hydroplaning.
The man was reported missing from his family and was only rescued when a passing vehicle spotted the crashed truck. Apparently, the driver had been trapped in his vehicle for at least 2 days before emergency crews rescued him.
When freed from truck, medical personnel noticed that Kittle was badly injured. It was later discovered that the injuries he suffered from were a broken leg, broken arm, a punctured lung, multiple broken ribs and skull fractures.
After he was extricated from the truck, crews carried him up the mountain and he was airlifted to a trauma center in critical condition.