Son’s body found in mangled car after father receives GPS crash alert

PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. – Authorities found a man in a car that went down an embankment in Pauma Valley after his father received an alert from a GPS device, according to California Highway Patrol.

The 28-year-old man’s father contacted CHP around 5:45 a.m. after receiving the alert that his son had been involved in a crash, California Highway Patrol public affairs Officer Mark Latulippe said.

Officers and firefighters searched Pauma Heights Road, which was blanketed in heavy fog, and located a Mazda 3 sedan around 7:15 a.m. about 500 feet down an embankment off the right side of the road, Latulippe said.

Investigators believe the Pauma man was traveling downhill at high speed on  a curvy part of the road when he lost control of the car, which launched over the dirt shoulder, overturned and tumble about 500 fee down a steep embankment, Latulippe said.

The driver, who was found inside the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, Latulippe said. His name was withheld pending family notification.