(L.A.) Joseph Koska, 56, Ended His Life

Case Number: 2023-13244

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 56-year-old White/Caucasian male that occurred in a vehicle.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Joseph Koska. Born in Orange County. Mother’s maiden name is Helsley.

Manner of Death: Suicide

Cause of Death: Multiple Blunt Force Traumatic Injuries and Water Aspiration

RIP JOSEPH S KOSKA (March 26, 1967 – September 30, 2023)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Saturday at 11:50 p.m.

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A man’s body was recovered from a heavily damaged vehicle that was found upside down and wedged between large rocks on the shoreline at maximum tide in San Pedro.

The wreckage was reported at 11:05 p.m. Saturday at 3740 S. Meyler St. A rescue team discovered the body at 11:40 p.m.

No other victims were found.

Divers from three LAFD fireboats, along with two LAFD rescue helicopters, found the submerged vehicle using 30 million candlepower searchlights — and light from the boats — to illuminate the rescue site.

The effort was complicated by the vehicle’s collapsed roof “with significant passenger space intrusion.”

Divers were eventually able to access the vehicle and extricate the man’s body, which they found lifeless.

Map views only approximate location and do not indicate the precise spot where the incident happened.