BEVERLY HILLS—Nathaniel Ervin, 47, was traveling at a high speed southbound on 1100 block of Coldwater Canyon Drive around 5:35 a.m. on Friday, May 24, when he lost control of his 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe smashing into a tree.

“The vehicle was pretty damaged, consistent to high speed, of the vehicle making impact with a solid object at a high rate of speed,” said Beverly Hills Police Department Lt. Giovanni Trejo.

Ervin was pronounced dead at the scene, after firefighters extricated his body from the SUV, closing traffic in the region for several hours.

Ervin was driving over the 25 mph speed limit on a curvy road before he lost control flipping over several times. A Sig Alert was issued to warn drivers traffic lanes on Coldwater Canyon Drive were closed. The road re-opened to motorists after 10 a.m.

“Our prayers are with the family, we will have a contingent at his services whenever they are,” said Chicago Fire Department Spokesman Larry Langford.

There were no reports of any of injuries during the incident. The Chicago Fire Media tweeted the following on May 24:

“Commissioner Richard Ford II has the sad duty to report the death of an active member of the CFD in a car crash at Beverly Hills California. First District Relief Engineer Nathaniel Ervin died at the scene this morning. He joined the CFD in 2004. Services are pending.”