(L.A.) Richard Priem, 66, Died on the 57 Freeway

Case Number: 2024-07752

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 66-year-old White/Caucasian male that occurred on the Orange Freeway in San Dimas.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Richard Priem of Woodland Hills.

STATUS: The decedent’s body is ready to be released. Ruling by the deputy medical examiner is deferred pending additional investigation.

Manner and cause of death will be added to this page when it becomes available.

If the DME has ordered drug screening, the next public update may take three to five months.

RIP RICHARD PRIEM (August 4, 1957 – May 11, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Saturday at 4:40 a.m.

The decedent was fatally injured in a single-vehicle crash on the Orange (57) Freeway in San Dimas.

California Highway Patrol said the accident happend at around 4:30 a.m. on the northbound freeway, north of Via Verde Drive.

Priem was the lone occupant inside a 2015 Toyota Highlander.

The northbound Toyota left the roadway for unknown reasons and drove uphill on an embankment, overturning onto its roof. It then came to rest within the roadway.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, but results of tests will have to come back from the lab before a definitive conclusion can be made.

* “Rico Priem” was a crew member on the ABC television show 9-1-1. His accident apparently came after a 14-hour shift in Pomona.