Fatal collision claims life of Oceanside man in three-car accident on State Route 76 east of Gird Road in Fallbrook

FALLBROOK – This morning, Feb. 27, at approximately 6:53 a.m., a 36-year-old male from Oceanside was driving his 2000 Kia Sephia eastbound on SR-76 east of Gird.

According to witnesses, the driver of the Kia Sephia was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed and lost control in a curve. The driver attempted to regain control, but clipped a 2008 Nissan Altima traveling westbound driven by a 48-year-old male from Temecula, who was not injured.

After clipping the Nissan, the Kia continued sideways in the westbound lane and was broadsided on the passenger side by a 2003 Mercury Sable driven by a 42-year-old male from Temecula and his male passenger who has yet to be identified. Some witnesses at the scene said the man was traveling with his teenage son as a passenger. The driver of the Mercury and his passenger suffered minor to moderate injuries and were transported to Palomar Hospital trauma center.

The 36-year-old male from Oceanside who was driving the 2000 Kia Sephia was extracted from his vehicle by people who stopped to help and give CPR. Despite all efforts from these good Samaritans, he was pronounced dead at the scene by fire department personnel.

SR-76 had one way traffic control in place for several hours due to the investigation. It is not known at this time if alcohol or drugs played a factor in this collision. At the time of the crash the roadway was wet and there was light rain in the area.

This collision remains under investigation.

41 Responses to "Fatal collision claims life of Oceanside man in three-car accident on State Route 76 east of Gird Road in Fallbrook"

  1. Martha   February 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    RIP. Unfortunately many people do not know how to drive in the rain. So sad.

  2. MacinTek   February 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    He hurt more than himself. Ask any professional driver, trucker or racer, wet means SLOW!

  3. AH   February 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    So thats 3 or 4 dead now in the exact same spot now in less than a year. This new Highway cann’t be built fast enough.

  4. Grace   February 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I don’t want to even imagine what is like to lose a son. I am much more comfortable driving in Montana on ice and snow than I am here in California knowing how slick the roads are when it rains.

  5. Friend   February 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    The unidentified passenger is the son of the driver of the Mercury, who is an Oceanside teacher.

  6. Lee   February 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Yet another dead person on the . . . incomplete stretch of the 76. Take your sweet rear-end time, Caltrans and SANDAG! Please do!

    WE, THE PEOPLE don’t mind dyin’.

  7. Lee   February 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    @ #3 AH


  8. Driver of 76   February 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Its not Caltrans fault people drive like that. We travel the road at least twice a week, see people passing …texting, going over middle line. This was another SAD accident caused by someone who was driving way to fast. Sorry anyone had to die. Hour later we seen someone passing in same area. So blame goes on people themselves. Our hearts go out to the family….

  9. Barney   February 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Last weekend, I drove this stretch for the first time in about 3 years and was stunned at the speeds people were going, and how close they were to going over the lines, etc. It has little to do with the road and way more to do with drivers pressing down too hard on the pedal. Doesn’t matter whether the road is wet or dry; it is not meant to be driven at 65-70 mph… even when it does become an "improved" multi-lane highway.

    I am so, so sorry that someone lost their life today.

  10. Seriously??   February 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    We the people need to learn how to drive in wet weather.

  11. CH   February 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    The road did not create the problem, the driver was speeding and lost control. I do agree that the 76 does need to be completed soon. Just glad there were not other victims.

  12. SF   February 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Sad such an incident occurred, this road even dry can be dangerous seems to me some people underestimate Mother nature and the real affects it has on the roads we drive everyday.

  13. Renee   February 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Where this happened has nothing to do with whether it was raining or not. There are accidents in this same spot all the time. Speed is absolutely a factor though and this is a sad reminder that we all need to slow down.

  14. Funinsd   February 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    People need to slow down when it rains the roads have not been wet in a long time. Also when you drive with your wipers on you need to turn your headlights on I have seen a lot of vehicles not have their lights on.

  15. Kia driver fault   February 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    It’s the Kia driver, who is at fault. The road didn’t cause his accident, HE did. Imagine, if the 76 is straight, in this section, he would’ve probably driven just as fast or faster given that it would be a straight shot. If he drove like that when it was wet and super slick after no rain for a while, he would do it in a straight line too. No question.

  16. greg   February 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Highway 76 is a death trap and the county and state don’t give a rat’s @#@$. Not even the CHP will drive this road. Ever see any one pulled over for speeding on 76??
    Sure now they will pretend to make improvements, 10 years after the funding was approved. The county had the money but then "lent" it to Carmel Valley. I guess Fallbrook get the dump in exchange for taking the road improvement funds.. In the mean time people are and will continue to die on California’s most deadly route- 76!

  17. nm   February 28, 2014 at 3:40 am

    He was a great hardworking man who was on his way to work.. who has a family so please keep all your negative comments to your selfs and have some respect! My prayers go out to his family friends and co workers .. 🙁

  18. expressive   February 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I am one of his co-workers. It does not matter whos fault it was, he was a hard working man with a large family and parents who he was the main provider for. Choices were made that ended tragically. Negative comments are just a sign of what we all have become, angry and hateful. God bless his family.

  19. 76 daily   February 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

    There was another Roll over this morning just west of Sage road, not sure if there were injuries or not but an SUV rolled out in the recently cut brush. Hope everyone was OK.

    People need to learn how to drive in the rain, it is not that hard folks.

  20. great guy   February 28, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Iam also a co worker of his. This man was the hardest worker I have ever worked with. He loved his job family and co workers. All your neg comments keep to yourself. God bless him and his family. R.I.P buddy we all miss you.

  21. Freind Of The Guy.   February 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    He was a very hardworking men always smiling and making jokes making everyone Lough, excellent soccer player as also his son. Father of 3 and husband. Very sad it ended this way for him but God wanted another angel.my prayers too his wife and children.

  22. Me   March 1, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I’m so sick of posters telling other people what they can say on these boards.

    If you don’t like what you see…then don’t read them.

  23. D wane   March 1, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Cars don’t kill people. People do.

  24. His employee   March 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

    He was my boss and was a grwat guy there is more they found out now it wasnt his fault. Talk to the motorcycle rider who was passing the car illegally my boss moved for the guy on the bike.

  25. ERIN   March 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Is it just me, or is everyone that knew or worked with this gentlemen, illiterate?

  26. Greg   March 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    The man’s wife began working for us about a month ago. They have three children, own a home and are very hard working people. He was on way to work and he was familiar with the road. This is a very difficult time for her and her children, especially their youngest son. A young woman died in a similar manner in this same spot when it was raining last January. Her funeral wreaths are still on the post on the north side of the road. This section of the highway cannot be updated fast enough. People should not have to die because they are rushing to get somewhere. We and the people we love have all done this at some point and none of us would agree that having a fatal is somehow justifiable.

  27. Preston   March 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I travel this section of road most everyday.
    It is narrow,
    has many blind curves,
    and is more dangerous when wet.
    These conditions only contribute to the actual cause of the accidents.

  28. Linda G   March 7, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I drive this road to and from work everyday. I call it The River when it is wet. The water just sits on the road. Not safe wet or dry. I have had people passing cars on other side, cars come over the line while coming at me. The highway improvement needs to be done now. Not another 10 years from now. RIP, the driver who lost his life

  29. Preston   March 8, 2014 at 7:38 am

    @Linda G
    Again, In all the time I have traveled the 76 I simply can not find fault with the road. Many that drive it are a different story and the majority of the motorcyclists are simply on a death wish. If people would put their cell phone down, respect the weather conditions and the logistics of the road itself they should be no trouble navigating the road.

  30. Lee   March 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    @ #28 Linda G

    I could not agree more with you.

    @ #29 Preston

    If . . if . . .if. No matter what you and I wish for, the reality is that some people DO use a cellphone while driving; the reality is that some motorcyclists DO ride with a death wish; the reality is that some people do NOT respect weather conditions, etc. THAT’S the reality whether you, I, or all of us like it or not. So instead of trying to change reality — good luck with that — why not try to change the road?

    Like Linda G says, the improvements need to be made asap.

  31. Lee   March 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    @ #29 Preston

    PS. You cannot find fault with the 76? Really? You mean the hairpin turns on a one-lane, rinky-dinky highway with FAR too much speeding traffic than it was designed for . . . isn’t enough info for you to find fault with it? Oh btw, you might want to check all the wreaths and crosses that line it; that might be a clue for its inadequacy.

  32. Preston   March 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

    It always amazes me when people want to blame everything except the actual cause. The reason we have a failed economy and corruption in government is not because of politicians, we live among criminals not because of our juridical system, and the reason there are wreaths on route 76 is not because of the road.
    Buck up Lee and face reality — We the People are responsible.
    If you can find a place (on the section that has not been widened) that is unstable, has potholes or is failing in any other way so as to cause an accident I will change my mind but to my knowledge these poor conditions do not exist.
    Granted widening and straightening the road will help those that like to tailgate, speed, text and do all the other things that distract them from doing what the should be doing, driving safely.

  33. Lee   March 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    @ #32 Preston

    Can you be anymore obvious that you have been indoctrinated by Uncle Sam? Are you aware what you have just said? If, for example, you and I eat tainted beef, it is OUR fault that we have done so because, YES, we, ourselves should have conducted food-safety tests on this beef.


    If that’s the case, then what the heck do we have and need government for?! Hello! Or perhaps the Georgian luger who died at the Vancouver Olympics . . . should have conducted safety tests himself BEFORE he sled down that ramp, ey? In other words, it was NOT the fault of the builders and Olympic organizers, was it? (Sadly, that is what the court ruled afterwards. Unreal!) Yes, so when I am about to drive the I-15, . . . I should first conduct safety tests of MY OWN before driving it.

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

    The INADEQUACY of the unfinished stretch of the 76 MOST CERTAINLY contributes to the hazardous driving conditions of motorists — absolutely!

    "The reason we have a failed economy and corruption in government is not because of politicians . . . " Really? Then who’s fault is it then? Mickey Mouse, perhaps? Donald Duck? The witch from the "Wizard of Oz"? PLEASE explain to me whose fault it is then.

    " . . . we live among criminals not because of our juridical system . . . " Oh yeah?

    " . . . and the reason there are wreaths on route 76 is not because of the road." You right, maybe Santa had something to do with them.

    "Buck up Lee and face reality — We the People are responsible." Uncle Sam has a grin from ear to ear when he reads comments like yours. You are absolving the government’s responsibility at all. Like I said, he likes nothing more than comments and ignorant folks like you.

    "If you can find a place (on the section that has not been widened) that is unstable, has potholes or is failing in any other way so as to cause an accident I will change my mind but to my knowledge these poor conditions do not exist." Are you blind?

    If the unfinished stretch of the 76 is the way it is — and the entire 76 BEFORE it was widened — well then why expand and widen it at all? According to your logic, the way the 76 was before the widening was just fine and should have been kept that way for eternity no matter how much traffic there would be in the future.

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  34. Preston   March 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

    It is the people that do not demand our government follow the Constitution and uphold the law of the land. The people vote to be soft on crime and do not insist on incarcerating criminals.
    And, it is the people that speed, text, talk on the cell phone and drive recklessly.
    I never said that the road should not be improved only that it is not the cause of accidents. Widening and straightening the road will help with the increase in traffic and it will help to save the out of control driver and it will increase the average speed of travel.
    You can continue to point the finger and blame but better driving habits will serve you better. There will always be a road in need of improvement so if you can’t handle a two-way, narrow, road with curves perhaps you should not be driving.

  35. Lee   March 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    #34 Preston.

    "I said this", or, "I didn’t say this." Please, spare me. Let’s nip this in the bud. According to your "logic", if the state built a road with a , say, 45% grade, you argue that the state would NOT be responsible for all the accidents we all know would GURANTEE happen. So should an individual BEFORE driving it conduct safety tests on his/her own? Get real, will you? The accidents we all know that would occur would SOLELY be the fault of the driver and the state would ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY have nothing to do with it?


    PS. Preston, it’s OK, you had me at, "The reason we have a failed economy and corruption in government is not because of politicians . . . "

  36. Preston   March 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Where do you come up with this stuff?
    I was talking about the part of the 76 that has not been widened — I believe it is relatively flat but it the state builds a road with a 45% grade please let me know and I’ll give it a go.
    Like I said before if you cant handle a two-way narrow road with curves please stop driving.
    Something I haven’t mentioned is that one of the things I love about this area are the roads, I’m a car nut.

  37. Lee   March 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

    @ Preston #36

    Yes, I know you were taking about the stretch of the 76 that has not yet been widened. I am completely aware of that.

    "Like I said before if you cant handle a two-way narrow road with curves please stop driving."

    What a statement, first of all! How ignorant! So what about if a person is driving on that road for the very first time and does NOT know it? According to your "logic", a driver is now supposed to conduct preliminary "reconnaissance" tests of the condition of the road and oncoming traffic BEFORE driving a never-before driven road? Don’t you think it makes FAR, FAR more sense that the builder built the road for safe driving conditions to exist?! And, therefore, if those safe driving conditions do NOT exist, as in the current stretch of the unfinished 76, that it IS, therefore, the fault of the builder — or at the very least partial fault — that accidents DO happen?

    What do you think?

  38. Preston   March 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    When I drive a road I am unfamiliar with I proceed with additional caution.
    Lee, as time goes on everything (for the most part) gets improved. Perhaps not as soon as you would like but in the case of the 76, the road is adequate and the accidents are due to driver error. You only have to drive the road a few times to see the major problems:
    Following to close
    Lane sharing by Motorcycles and their insane disregard for everyone’s safety
    Talking on the Phone
    Putting on Make-up
    I could go on but I believe those are the major problems and none are because of the condition of the road.
    Straightening and widening the road will only give those drivers an occasional second or third chance but when they screw up (for the last time) on a wider straighter road and they will be going even faster — You should be able to factor in those results.
    Should it be improved, of course but until it is , there is absolutely nothing wrong with the road.
    What do I think? I think it is time to stop blaming everything except the actual responsible party.

  39. S A R   April 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I was there when this accident happened. I saw it take place right in front of my own eyes. I will never forget it, all my whole life. & Those good Samaritans, were my husband (not a Marine) and two other Marines from Camp Pendleton. The man who died WAS NOT SPEEDING! I watched it happen as if in slow motion, he simply lost control of his car, coming around a curve and the rest happened quickly. All of you idiots, who SAW NOTHING, but dare speak about the reason he left this earth and whose fault it is, I am disgusted.

  40. Preston   April 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Seems you are reading between the lines…but if the objective opinions of others results in calling others idiots, perhaps you shouldn’t be reading the comment section.

  41. Santiago   August 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    They just need to improve that road already. To many accidents. doesn’t matter what happens or who’s fault it is. that road needs improvement pronto.


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