Driver killed when car drives off freeway into trees

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SAN DIEGO — A driver died Wednesday afternoon when a car veered off Interstate 5 into a grove of eucalyptus trees in University City, the California Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened at about 2:10 p.m. on northbound I-5 just south of Nobel Drive.

Helicopter video showed a mangled white 4-door sedan wedged between two trees. There were no visible skid marks leading from the roadway to the location of the wreck.

No traffic lanes were blocked, but traffic backed up because motorists slowed to look as they passed the accident.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.


  • joan

    i dont think people understand the outcome of texting while driving…how many more deaths until people realize that it can cost you your life??!! but then again maybe this accident wasnt due to txting :p

  • Bob

    People in San Diego drive like entitled jerks. No one uses a blinker, no one let's anyone over, everyone has to "win" instead of being just a little courteous. I've been back in SD for 5 days and am appalled at how terrible people drive here. There would be fewer accidents if people paid attention when they drove and weren't so entitled.

    • val

      I couldn't agree with you more! I've said this everyday since moving here 5 years ago. Everyday I am shocked at what I see on the roads.

  • An

    I’m from Michigan and I have to say, 90% of the shenanigans you San Diegans pull on the road would get you shot in Detroit. It’s called common courtesy and responsibility. Driving is a privelage, not a right, and you should respect others when on the road. And when DETROIT has more road etiquette than you do, that says a lot!

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