CHP investigates head-on crash that left 1 dead

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — One person was killed Thursday in a head-on crash west of Mt. Israel Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. near Del Dios Road.

CHP officials said early investigations indicated a 47-year-old man from Escondido was driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra at an unsafe speed when he entered a turn. The wet road conditions may have contributed when he crossed into the opposing lane and crashed head-on into a 2013 Subaru Crosstrek, CHP officials said.

Authorities said the man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Subaru, a 27-year-old woman from Encinitas, suffered major but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for treatment.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. CHP officials said neither drugs nor alcohol were thought to be responsible for the crash.

Editor’s note: The fatality was the result of a head-on crash, not a solo vehicle crash as this article initially reported.

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