An eastbound Nissan Altima crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into a Honda Civic at 3:42 a.m. at 3641 Dehesa Road, sending the Civic off the road into an embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol. Both lanes of the road were closed following the crash.
The two men in the Civic were heading home from work at Sycuan Casino, which is about 5 miles from where the accident occurred. The passenger, a 22-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Sharp Memorial Hospital. The Civic's driver, a 43-year-old Lakeside resident, had less serious injuries.
The driver of the Nissan Altima, 10-year-old Bashman Azatt Abdulahad, fled the scene on foot but was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run a short time later, the CHP reported. Investigators said he was driving with a suspended license.
Debris was scattered across the road and at least one of the vehicles was being loaded onto a tow truck.