Driver injured when car slams into tree in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – A 37-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday morning when he lost control of his car on an Oceanside street and slammed into a tree, police said.

It happened shortly before 2:10 a.m. on Melrose Drive between Meadowbrook and Sagewood drives, Oceanside police Sgt. Rick Davis said.

The 37-year-old man was driving a Subaru Impreza sedan northbound on Melrose Drive at a high speed when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree, Davis said.

Paramedics arrived and found the victim unconscious with a severe head injury, Davis said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition, Sgt. Nick Nunez said. An update on the victim’s condition was not immediately available.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash, Nunez said.

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