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Man killed when car lands on roof

April 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 24-year-old driver was killed Wednesday morning, when he lost control of his vehicle on Highway 18, overturned and was catapulted onto the roof of an Apple Valley home.The body of Caleb Gerard Butler, who was not wearing a seat belt, was found on the roof of a home in the 21100 block of Outer Highway 18 just before 8 a.m.

"In 14 years, I have never seen anything like this, " said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Grantham.

The accident investigation shut down Outer Highway 18 between Flathead and Jicarilla roads for several hours.

Butler was traveling west on Highway 18 sometime between midnight and 5 a.m., when he lost control near Jicarilla Road.

The minivan went off the highway onto Outer Highway 18, where it traveled at least 700 feet into the driveway of a vacant house. It flipped and went through the fence of the house next door.

Butler was ejected and landed on the roof of the neighboring home.

Butler lived nearby, but investigators do not know if he was on his way home at the time of the accident.

Officials are trying to locate witnesses to the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Apple Valley station's Major Accident Investigation team at (760) 240-7400

The Daily Press contributed to this report.