On Monday, September 2, at 3:30 p.m., Escondido Police and Escondido Fire responded to a vehicle collision on Del Lago Blvd. over I-15, in Escondido.
The following information, provided by EPD Lt. Scott Walters, is based on witness statements as well evidence at the scene. An 81-year-old male was driving a black 1998 Jaguar XK6 south on Interstate 15 in the HOV lanes. The driver exited at the HOV off-ramp to Del Lago Blvd. at or near freeway speed.
A 43-year-old male was driving a white 1996 Toyota Avalon west on Del Lago Blvd. crossing the Interstate 15 HOV lane off-ramp. The driver of the Jaguar failed to stop for a red traffic signal and collided broadside into the Toyota.
The front seat passenger in the Toyota suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was transported by Escondido Fire Paramedics to Palomar Medical Center with minor injuries. Both the driver of the Jaguar and his 51-year-old female passenger were also transported to Palomar Medical Center by the Escondido Fire Department. The driver’s status is listed as critical condition and the passenger received serious injuries but is listed in stable condition.
Both the passenger of the Toyota and the driver of the Jaguar were unrestrained at the time of the collision.
Currently, it is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision. The cause of this collision is under investigation by Officer Frank Huston of the Escondido Police Department Traffic Division. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is encouraged to contact Officer Huston at (760) 839-4423.