(L.A.) Daniel Nichols, 26, Died on the 5 Freeway

Case Number: 2023-07676

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 26-year-old White/Caucasian male that occurred on the Santa Ana (5) freeway.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Daniel Nichols.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Blunt Traumatic Injuries

RIP DANIEL NICHOLS (July 30, 1996 – June 24, 2023)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Saturday at 3:05 a.m.

The decedent was one of four active-duty U.S. Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton who died in an off-duty single-vehicle accident in Downey.


An early morning freeway crash Saturday claimed the lives of FOUR people in Downey.

California Highway Patrol officers responded at approximately 2:30 a.m. to the southbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway, north of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, where they found the victims of the single-vehicle crash. They were all pronounced dead at the scene.

The car was a 2018 Dodge Charger.

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