Driver killed in 3-car wreck

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FALLBROOK, Calif. — A 36-year-old Oceanside man died Thursday in a three-vehicle collision on a rain-slick North County road.

fatal-crash-grpThe victim was heading east on a curving stretch of State Route 76 in Fallbrook at high speed when his 2000 Kia Sephia veered out of control near Gird Road shortly before 7 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The compact car clipped a westbound 2008 Nissan Altima, then was hit broadside on the passenger side by a 2003 Mercury Sable driven by a 42-year-old Temecula man, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

Passers-by stopped and pulled the driver of the Kia out of his wrecked sedan and tried in vain to revive him. The man, whose name was withheld pending family notification, died at the scene of the accident.

Medics took the driver of the Mercury and his unidentified male passenger to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for treatment of minor to moderately serious injuries, Bettencourt said.

The man who had been driving the Altima, a 48-year-old Temecula resident, was uninjured.

The cause of the wreck was under investigation.

“It is not known at this time if alcohol or drugs played a factor in this collision,” Bettencourt said. “At the time of the crash, the roadway was wet, and there was light rain in the area.”

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