Driver killed when car hits tree in Rancho Santa Fe

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RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – A driver died Tuesday morning after slamming into a tree in Rancho Santa Fe.

The accident was reported on Via De La Valle near Via De Santa Fe at about 6 a.m.  Investigators said a 56-year-old man from Woodland Hills lost control of a silver 2007 Nissan Versa sedan as he was headed west on Via De La Valle when he lost control and drove into a tree on the side of the roadway. The driver was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police closed both lanes of Via De La Valle between Paseo Delicias and Via De Santa Fe while they investigated the accident.

Officials did not immediately release the identity of the driver. No one else was in the car.

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  • John J. Jones

    To text, or not to text. That is the question. I see no skid marks so he wasn’t paying attention.

  • friend

    Mr. Jones were you never taught that if you don’t have something nice to say you shouldn’t say anything at all? The man that died was a great man. A gentleman, a positive, enthusiastic hard working man. Did you know him? Do you know if maybe he had a heart attack or a stroke or seizure that might have caused this? No, you don’t. He had friends and family that are going to read your rude comment. That comment helped nobody and will only cause pain. Think before you type.

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