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Deadly crash on PCH in Malibu likely caused by driver's medical emergency

Deadly crash creates massive traffic snarl on PCH in Malibu
Deadly crash creates massive traffic snarl on PCH in Malibu 01:19

A deadly crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Tuesday, which heavily impacted afternoon traffic, was likely caused by a driver's medical emergency. 

The crash happened around 12:50 p.m. on PCH between Paradise Cove and Winding Way, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies. The roadway was closed for several hours as a result.

The driver who died has been identified as  60-year-old Derek Schimming. "Preliminary investigation indicates (Schimming) was traveling southbound on Pacific Coast Highway in a gray 2008 Honda Civic nearing the intersection of West Winding Way when he possibly suffered from a medical emergency," the sheriff's station said in a statement. 

Authorities said  multiple witnesses saw the Honda abruptly veering into oncoming northbound traffic, striking a white van . Witnesses and emergency medical personnel attempted to revive the driver of the Honda, but were unsuccessful. 

The driver of the van was transported to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

SkyCal flew over the scene of the crash on Tuesday, where a severely damaged car could be seen in the middle of the road. A second vehicle, a white van, could be seen parked near some bushes on the shoulder with damage to its rear. 

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