Young Service Man from Utah Killed in Crash with Wrong-way Driver in San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2020) — A Utah man died early Tuesday morning in a collision involving a wrong-way driver on the Interstate 5 Freeway in Carlsbad.
The suspect was fleeing police officers while driving a dark-colored Ford F-150 pickup truck when he crashed into an innocent motorist who is believed to be a young service member from Utah.
Police began to pursue the suspect after the driver failed to stop for a traffic violation on Carmelo Drive near Harbor Drive in Carlsbad, police said.
The driver reached speeds of up to 100 mph and was observed driving the wrong way on the freeway, police said.
Roughly 10 minutes after the chase began, the pickup truck’s driver attempted to evade police by entering the northbound lanes in the wrong direction near the Las Flores bridge.
That’s when Oceanside Police Department officers called off the pursuit, but they remained overhead following the suspect with a San Diego County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.
The crash remains under investigation by police. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
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