By CBS13 Staff

PATTERSON (CBS13) — A Hayward man has died after a fiery early morning crash near Patterson, authorities say.

California Highway Patrol says, just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the intersection of E. Las Palmas and Elm avenues to investigate a crash. Officers soon found an overturned car fully engulfed in flames.

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One man was found next to the burning car. He was unresponsive, officers say, and was later pronounced dead.

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Investigators believe the car was headed eastbound on Las Palmas Avenue when, for an unknown reason, it veered to the left and crashed into a tree. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

The driver – who was the only person inside the car – was not wearing a seatbelt, officers say.

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Authorities have not yet released the name of the man killed, but he was said to be a 24-year-old Hayward resident.