A 23 year old man died in a car crash near Gilroy early Monday evening.

The CHP says the Gilroy man was traveling southbound at about 45 mph on Santa Teresa Boulevard, north of Fitzgerald Boulevard, when he drove onto the shoulder of Santa Teresa. He lost control of his 2006 Toyota Matrix and it veered into the northbound lane where it collided with a 2004 Jeep Rubicon.

The driver of the Jeep, a 47 year old Gilroy woman, and a 14 year old passenger  were not injured.

The fatal accident happened around 5pm and shut down traffic in the area for four hours.

The CHP says alcohol or drugs are not considered a factor in the crash. The driver’s name has not yet been released.