Man, woman in their 90s roll down embankment in deadly crash

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LA MESA, Calif. -- A 92-year-old La Mesa man was badly hurt and his 94-year-old passenger was killed when their car crashed down a steep roadside embankment near Mount Helix in East County Monday.

The crash happened shortly before 3:50 p.m. on Alto Drive near La Cruz Drive in the Casa de Oro neighborhood, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.

The motorist was driving a 2003 Lexus ES300 sedan on a private property driveway on Alto Drive when, for unknown reasons, the car drifted off the southern edge of the driveway and struck an uphill embankment, Garrow said.

The Lexus then continued westbound across the private driveway and went down another embankment, rolling several times before coming to a rest upside down in the backyard of a home.

The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was freed from the overturned car, then taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, the officer said.

The woman's name was withheld pending family notification, and the driver's name was not released, nor did authorities confirm whether they were related.

Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash, Garrow said.

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