Teen accused of DUI in crash that killed student

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SAN DIEGO — An 18-year-old who allegedly was intoxicated when he got into a head-on freeway wreck that killed an 22-year-old driver in Rancho Penasquitos was booked Thursday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Fatal Crash Highway 56Timothy Theodore Barnette of San Diego was jailed Thursday afternoon after being released from a hospital where he had been treated for serious injuries he suffered in the collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.

About 9:40 a.m. on May 16, a 2002 Ranger Rover sport utility vehicle driven by Barnette veered out of an eastbound lane on state Route 56, crossed a center median and smashed into an oncoming 2010 Toyota Scion near Black Mountain Road.

The driver of the sedan, Nick Hart of San Diego, died at the scene. The 2009 Poway High School graduate and former Cal State San Marcos student was on his way to a family funeral at the time of the collision, according to a relative.

Authorities have not specified what type of drug Barnette allegedly was under the influence of when the collision occurred.

Barnette was being held on $100,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday morning.


  • Rolando

    It's sad to see two lifes gone so young, this generation of kids think they deserve everything and think they can get away with anything, this kid will learn soon his life is gone together with whatever dreams he had if any, next time we hear from this kid he's going to be an exfelon being release from jail without a future and with a criminal mind, sad, the victim will be just a memory again, sad.

  • Guest

    The only way this could be worse is if this idiot was texting while driving. Get ready for the inevitable "he's such a sweet boy, has learned a valuable lesson and is so sorry". Watch……..

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