Former Poway graduate killed in SR-56 crash

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SAN DIEGO – Authorities released the name Saturday of a 22-year-old man killed in a possible DUI collision in Rancho Penasquitos while on his way to a family funeral.

Fatal Crash Highway 56Nick Hart of San Diego was heading west on State Route 56 when an eastbound 2002 Ranger Rover SUV veered across a center median and smashed head-on into his 2010 Toyota Scion near Black Mountain Road about 9:40 a.m.Thursday, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and California Highway Patrol.

Hart, a 2009 Poway High School graduate who worked at a Trader Joe’s market in Scripps Ranch, died in the wreckage of his car.

Medics took the other motorist, 18-year-old Timothy Barnette of San Diego, to a La Jolla trauma center for treatment of severe injuries, CHP public-affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said.

He remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon.

Investigators suspect that Barnette was under the influence of some type of medication or other controlled substance at the time of the crash, and criminal charges may be filed against him, the spokesman said.

Hart, a former Cal State San Marcos student, was en route to a relative’s memorial service at the time of his death, a family member said.