The son of Dole Food Co.'s chairman was killed early Saturday when his 2003 Ferrari veered off the Santa Monica Freeway, skidded down an embankment and slammed into a tree on the Westside of Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said.
David H. Murdock II, 36, died at the scene. A female passenger suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, said CHP Officer Shameil Coleman.
Murdock served on the board of directors of Dole Food, the Westlake Village-based company that is run by his father, Chief Executive David H. Murdock, 81, according to the firm's 2003 annual report.
The younger Murdock was also a senior vice president of Castle & Cooke, a real estate development firm run by his father, according to the company's website. Company officials could not be reached for comment Saturday.