Teen dies when car crashes into tree off I-15

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FALLBROOK, Calif. — A 19-year-old man died Sunday when the sedan he was driving went off northbound Interstate 15 and crashed into a tree, the North County Fire Protection District said.

The teen driver was declared dead at the scene and his male passenger was taken by Mercy Air helicopter to Palomar Hospital with moderate injuries, the fire district’s Public Information Officer John Choi said.

The accident happened in the Fallbrook area at 12:41 p.m. Sunday and the freeway was shut down by the California Highway Patrol to allow the helicopter to land on the freeway and then carry the injured passenger to the hospital.

Traffic on the freeway resumed at 1:30 p.m.

Editor’s note: This story originally reported the teenager who died was 17. On Monday morning, police said he was actually 19 years old.

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