Driver killed when car shears hydrant, overturns in ditch


SAN DIEGO — A driver was killed early Monday in a rollover crash in rural eastern San Diego County.

Around 5:30 a.m., a man was driving a white Toyota Camry westbound on Dehesa Road, west of Sloane Canyon Road, when he veered across the eastbound lanes of the roadway and crashed into a fire hydrant, California Highway Patrol officer Travis Garrow said.

The car landed on its roof in a ditch and parts of the mangled vehicle were strewn across nearby brush.

The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained major injuries and died at the scene, Garrow said. The driver had not yet been identified, though Cal Fire captain Ed Mcormon said it was a middle-aged man.

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