IMAGE: CRASHED CAR
Mike Meadows  /  AP
The driver of the car at center died Sunday after being shot and then crashing into a barrier on Highway 101 in Los Angeles, Calif.
updated 3/30/2008 6:49:35 PM ET 2008-03-30T22:49:35

A man died Sunday after being shot in the head while driving on a San Fernando Valley freeway, while a second non-fatal freeway shooting was being investigated in Long Beach, authorities said.

The incidents were the latest in a string of Southern California freeway shootings stretching back several weeks.

The San Fernando Valley victim is thought to have crashed his car after being shot in the head on the 101 Freeway, Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

The unidentified man was found early Sunday by rescue crews responding to a report of a rolled-over vehicle on the freeway, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa said.

The victim's vehicle hit a sound wall before flipping across the freeway lanes, he said. Rescue crews had transported the man to a hospital in critical condition, he said.

Authorities did not know what led to the shooting and were trying to establish exactly where it occurred. The car crashed near a freeway onramp, so it is possible the victim was shot on a surface street and then drove onto the highway, Eisenman said.

"There's absolutely no witnesses at this time, no information," she said.

Traffic was snarled for several hours Sunday, as police closed off a portion of southbound 101 near Van Nuys Sunday to aid their investigation.

Road rage alleged in Long Beach
Meanwhile, about 30 miles southwest in Long Beach, police were investigating a second freeway shooting that left a man hospitalized.

The shooting victim told officers he was driving north on the 710 Freeway near Del Amo Boulevard Saturday evening when another motorist shot at him, Long Beach police Officer Jackie Bezart said.

The victim was able to drive himself off the freeway and phone for help, she said.

The man characterized the shooting as a road-rage incident, Bezart said.

The incidents come about a month after the shooting in late February of a 46-year-old man who was hospitalized after being shot in the torso and right arm while driving on the Foothill Freeway northeast of Los Angeles.

In another incident, a 26-year-old man died after a shooting on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley on March 1 that followed an argument on Hollywood Boulevard.

A 54-year-old woman was found about two weeks later shot in the head in a car crashed on the San Bernardino Freeway in eastern Los Angles County. She later died at a hospital.

It was not immediately known if arrests had been made in those shootings.

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