OCEANSIDE, Calif. — One person is dead and four others were taken to a hospital after a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 Wednesday evening in the Oceanside area, authorities said.
The crash occurred around 8:58 p.m. on I-5 north, just north of State Route 78, according to California Highway Patrol.
Authorities say a red sedan was parked on the side for unknown reasons, when a high-speed black Chevrolet Corvette was passing on the right shoulder and slammed into the red sedan. The crash caused the red sedan to push into the number four lane (slow lane), where an 18-wheeler collided with that sedan, per CHP.
The driver of the Corvette — a 39-year-old man from Oceanside –then left the car on foot and ran up a nearby hill. Officers were able to locate the Corvette driver and arrested him, CHP confirmed.
A passenger in the red sedan — a woman whose identity has not been released — was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The four other occupants of the sedan were transported to a local hospital for injuries ranging from moderate to major.
The right lanes on northbound I-5 at State Route 78 and westbound SR-78 to northbound I-5 connector ramp were temporarily shut down due to the collision.
CHP says there’s evidence to indicate that DUI was a factor in this crash. The driver of the Corvette, identified as Edwin Vincent Hoffman, was placed under arrest and faces multiple charges related to this incident, including felony driving under the influence (DUI), felony hit and run and gross vehicular manslaughter.