Suspected hit-and-run driver hurt in fiery North County crash


ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A man was hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash Monday night in Escondido, local authorities said.

At about 8:20 p.m., a motorist collided with another vehicle in the area of Felicita Road and Montview Drive, according to the Escondido Police Department. The driver continued going before slamming into a heavy-duty tow truck.

The impact of the crash caused the car to catch fire and partially ejected the driver, police said.

Crews were able to free the 26-year-old driver. He was rushed to Palomar Medical Center and was listed in critical condition.

No other injuries were reported. It was not immediately clear if intoxication was a factor in the crash.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, according to police.

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