Man dies after Prius flips, bursts into flames

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SAN DIEGO — A man was killed Wednesday morning in a solo rollover crash near an Interstate 15 onramp in the Miramar Ranch North area, police said.

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. near the northbound Interstate 15 onramp and Scripps Power Parkway, according to San Diego police.

A man driving a Toyota Prius northbound on I-15 took the offramp at Scripps Poway Parkway, then ran a red light at the end of the ramp, Officer Dino Delimitros said.

The Prius ran over the sidewalk, then continued through a fence and hit a tree before the car rolled over several times and came to rest down an embankment, Delimitros said.

A witness attempted to help the trapped driver out of the burning vehicle, but was unsuccessful, the officer said.

Firefighters responded to the scene and found a car fully engulfed in flames, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatch supervisor said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, SDPD public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said.

No details about the victim were immediately available.

Traffic division detectives were investigating the crash.

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