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Tesla driver dead after running off road, hitting tree in Encino

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A fatal crash Saturday, in the early morning hours, claimed the life of one person in Encino. 

The driver of a gray Tesla was traveling at an "unsafe speed" westbound on Victory Boulevard, east of White Oak Avenue, when it ran off the road and struck a tree, according to a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division. 

The sole occupant of the vehicle, 52-year-old Richard Mortiz of Van Nuys, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. 

No other information was immediately available. 

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