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Authorities said that a driver was killed on Friday night when some unidentified metal object smashed through his windshield and hit him on the head.

A California Highway Patrol unit on the scene ...
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The man was identified as William Donovan, 60, of Irvine, by the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

The California Highway Patrol said that Donovan died when he drove his Toyota in the No. 1 lane of the northbound 55 near the McFadden Avenue exit, when the object – which authorities believe came off of another vehicle – flew through his windshield and killed him.

He suffered from “major head trauma” and was transported to the Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. Hospital officials pronounced him dead a short time later.

Several other vehicles crashed on the 55 following the accident, as motorists tried to avoid the strewn debris. Two lanes of traffic were blocked for about an hour and a half.

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