On January 4, 2020 at approximately 2:35 AM, the California Highway Patrol Border Communications Center received calls of an overturned pickup truck on Summit Drive and Old Pasqual Road. Upon CHP Officer’s arriving on-scene, it was determined that a 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup truck was being driven by an 18-year-old male from Escondido, CA, northbound on Summit Drive turning left onto Old Pasqual Road. The driver had one passenger in the cab of the Toyota and five other teens in the bed of the Toyota pickup truck. The 18-year-old driver was driving too fast for the curvature in the roadway and lost control of the Toyota. The Toyota overturned onto its left side in the roadway and all five occupants, who were in the bed, were ejected onto the roadway. The Toyota continued off the right side of the road and came to rest on its wheels. The other occupant in the cab of the Toyota pickup truck was a 17-year-old juvenile from Escondido, CA and sustained minor injuries. The five occupants who were ejected from the bed of the Toyota pickup truck were one 17-year-old from Escondido, CA, one 17-year-old from Encinitas, CA, one 18-year-old from Valley Center, CA, one 18-year-old from Escondido, CA and one 17-year-old from San Marcos, CA. The 18-year-old who was riding in the bed of the Toyota pickup truck was from Escondido, CA and he was transported to the Palomar Medical Center for treatment, but he died at the hospital due to his injuries sustained in the collision. The other occupants who were ejected sustained moderate to major injuries and were also transported to the Palomar Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the Toyota pickup truck sustained minor injuries as well. The driver of the Toyota was evaluated for alcohol and or drug impairment and it was determined by investigating Officer’s that he was not under the influence of alcohol and or drugs and it was determined to not be a factor in the crash.
The incident remains under investigation.