OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Three women were killed and three other people were taken to hospitals after a pickup broadsided a car packed with six people in an Oceanside intersection.
The crash was reported around 1 p.m. near Buccaneer Beach on South Coast Highway at Oceanside Boulevard. A Tacoma pickup collided with a Mazda sedan, according to police.
There were six people in the Mazda. Two women who were passengers in the back seat died at the scene. A younger woman and a 13-year-old girl who were not wearing seatbelts were thrown from the car. Two men in the front seat of the car were also injured.
Three of the survivors were taken by air ambulance to a hospital. The 13-year-old girl was transported by ground ambulance. The woman who was thrown from the car died at the hospital. The extent of the injuries to the two men and the 13-year-old girl were not immediately known.
Police arrested the 19-year-old man driving the pickup, Mason Fish, on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was not seriously injured.
A witness described Fish as “disconnected” immediately after the crash and when being questioned by police.
“A normal human being would go and try to help, try to do something,” said Alfonso Nava, a witness.
Fish is charged with three counts of manslaughter and is scheduled to have his first appearance in court Thursday in Vista.