Fatal Car Accident State Route 76, Pala Mission Road in San Diego

 Fatal Car Accident State Route 76, Pala Mission Road in San Diego

2 Killed, 1 Injured in Head-on Crash on Highway 76

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2023) – Two people died in a head-on car accident Wednesday morning on State Route 76 at Pala Mission Road near the casino in San Diego’s North County.

The two-vehicle collision happened just after 12 a.m. on state Route 76 near the Pala Casino Spa Resort, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reports 43-year-old Jesus Munoz was driving a maroon Nissan Xterra SUV on State Route 76 when his vehicle veered over into opposing traffic and crashed head-on into a white Toyota SUV.

The 65-year-old Vista man driving the Toyota, along with his 59-year-old female passenger, both suffered fatal injuries and died on scene, according to a report by ABC 10News. .

The incident was captured on security cameras operated by the Pala Reservation.

The Nissan’s driver reportedly exited the vehicle and laid on the SUV’s roof. Paramedics responded and transported the Nissan’s driver to Palomar Hospital.

Also, an injured pit bull dog riding in the Nissan was removed from the wreckage and taken into custody of animal control workers, but it will survive its injuries.

Investigators are working on the case to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors.


Johnson Attorneys Group handles personal injury cases such as the one above, but we do not represent those involved in this collision. Our law firm provides this news information to be helpful to anyone seeking information about accidents throughout California. Additionally, if you would like to contribute any information, add a GoFundMe page or have legal questions about an injury collision, please call 1-(855) 703-4186 as soon as possible. Our personal injury law firm is a proud, longtime supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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