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CHP still trying to identify Highway 99 fatal crash victim

The California Highway Patrol is still trying to identify the victim of a fatal auto crash early Friday morning.

The motorist died about 1 a.m. when his car left Highway 99 in the Elk Grove area and crashed into a tree.

CHP officials believe the man to have been in his 30s. He was southbound on Highway 99 south of Elk Grove Boulevard about 1 a.m. when his Toyota Yaris left the roadway.

A witness tried to free the driver from the burning vehicle, but the damage and blaze thwarted the rescue effort. Arriving firefighters extinguished the blaze.

CHP Officer Michael Bradley said the body was badly burned and they have not yet been able to identify the victim from dental records. He expected a positive identification on Monday.

Charles Piller: (916) 321-1113, @cpiller