The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday launched an investigation into the leather jacket worn by a California man who died in a crash that killed six and injured at least nine others, the agency said.
In a statement, the department said that a California resident “was wearing a leather jacket, a highly suspicious item, when he crashed his car” on a freeway east of Los Angeles on June 2.
Authorities say the man died from injuries suffered in the crash, but have not said whether he was wearing a seat belt or what kind of seat belt he had.
The leather jacket was found in a vehicle owned by a family member and taken to a hospital, the statement said.
The incident came amid heightened tensions between the United States and China over the maritime boundary between the two countries.
China has been particularly concerned about the rise in tensions between Washington and Beijing and has urged Washington to stop “bribing” it with military aid.
The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday said it was sending two diplomats to Beijing to discuss “issues of importance” related to the incident.