OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A 58-year-old Orange County man who died when a small plane crashed in Oceanside in January had traces of cocaine and marijuana in his system, according to a medical examiner’s toxicology report.
Raymond Allen Petty Jr. from Yorba Linda was killed when the plane crashed on January 28. The plane took off from Oceanside Municipal Airport around 9 p.m., according to Oceanside police. At some point, the single-engine plane crashed into a nearby hill.
As fog cleared the next morning, a passerby noticed the wreckage and called police. Paramedics and officers rushed to the scene and found the surviving passenger, who had stayed at the scene of the crash overnight. About a dozen firefighters rescued the passenger by 8 a.m., and a helicopter took them to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for treatment.
After initial reports that Petty was the pilot, investigators later said it wasn’t clear who was piloting the plane at the time of the crash. Raymond was in the right seat of the plane.