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Man dies after hitting tree, getting pinned under stolen SUV

LAKESIDE, Calif. -- A 27-year-old man was killed when he was thrown from an SUV and then pinned under the vehicle in Lakeside early Sunday morning, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol dispatchers received a report of the crash just after 4 a.m. near the intersection of Moreno Avenue and San Vicente Avenue. The driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe traveled out of control from the northbound lane and crossed into the southbound lane, where the SUV hit a tree and flipped on its side, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“All of a sudden I just heard a skid. It was a long skid and then a bam then it was like nothing,” said Lakeside resident, Diane Close.

Diane Close was one of several Lakeside residents shaken out of their slumber this morning by the sounds of a loud crash.

“Got up, went outside stood on my porch and then there were tons of sirens,” said Close.

Rescue workers pulled the victim from the wreck, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials do not believe the man was wearing a seatbelt during the crash.

“Upon our arrival it was learned that there was one occupant that we know of for sure that was partially ejected from the vehicle. We know he wasn’t’ wearing a seatbelt based upon the injuries. Once we were able to extricate him from the vehicle just due to his injuries. He didn’t survive,” said CHP Officer Travis Garrow.

California Highway Patrol investigators were unsure of whether there was a second person in the car, so they sent out the San Diego Sheriff’s canines to track with no luck.

After running the plates of the SUV, investigators learned the Tahoe is an outstanding stolen vehicle reported stolen in September 2018.

“We’re not sure if anyone else was in the vehicle or if this gentleman was the driver of it. Obviously through our investigative leads that that we’ll hopefully come up with in the next few days here. As we process the vehicle, we may have more information on that,” said Officer Garrow.

Drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information regarding this collision is urged to contact the CHP at 619-401-2000 or 858-637-3800.

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