Off-duty Costa Mesa policeman dies in car crash

Driver was the only person in the car

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) -  

 An off-duty Costa Mesa police officer has died after his car smashed into a freeway support pillar.
 
   City News Service says the car hit the concrete column beneath State Route 55 in Costa Mesa shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
 
   The driver was the only person in the car. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name hasn't been released.
 
   The cause of the crash is under investigation.
 
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