1 dead, 1 hurt in head-on crash in Fallbrook; alcohol suspected as a factor


Editor’s note: After conflicting initial reports, this article has been corrected to indicate that the driver who swerved and caused the head-on crash was the man driving the Chevy sedan. We apologize for the error.

FALLBROOK, Calif. (CNS) – A head-on collision at a rural intersection in the far northern reaches of San Diego County left one person dead Friday and another person injured, authorities reported.

The fatal crash occurred at Amigos Way and East Alvarado Street in Fallbrook shortly before 10 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. It is unclear what caused the victim, a 41-year-old man from Fallbrook in a Chevrolet Cruze sedan, to veer from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane of East Alverado Street, causing the head-on crash with a woman in a Toyota Tacoma, officers said.

The male driver died at the scene. His name was not released by authorities.

According to CHP, the woman in the Tacoma — a 42-year-old Fallbrook resident — suffered “moderate” injuries and was transported by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, officers said. It remains under investigation.

Anybody who witnessed the crash is asked to contact California Highway Patrol at 760-643-3400.

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