Single car accident sparks fire in South Temecula, leaves driver deceased

Video by Chauncy Miller


PALA – A crash on a rural road in the far northern reaches of San Diego County killed one person today and sparked a small brush fire, authorities reported.

The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. on Pala Temecula Road, near Rancho Heights Road in Pala, according to the California Highway Patrol. The victim, whose identity was not immediately available, died at the scene.

Ground and airborne crews had the roughly one-acre brush fire extinguished within an hour, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said. The flames posed no structural threats, he said.

On August 27th, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. an elderly man was headed southbound on Pala/Temecula Road, South of the county line. For an unknown reason his vehicle left the road and entered the ditch below. When first responders arrived the gentleman was declared deceased from his injuries as well as the fire. The incident is still under investigation.

If the public has any information regarding the accident please contact the Oceanside CHP.

Brush fire flares up due to car crash in South Temecula

Pala Temecula Rd is closed northbound at Sycamore due to a fire. The California Highway Patrol is requesting southbound closure at Great Oak High School.

“Details are still coming in, but early reports indicate that there is a vehicle over the side and on fire near Rancho Hts and it has spread to brush,” states John Fox, Rez Radio station manger.

The Valley News will update this story as details come in.

16 Responses to "Single car accident sparks fire in South Temecula, leaves driver deceased"

  1. mrs   August 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Sad for the family…

  2. paul   August 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

    What "Unknown reason?" I drive this road 2 times a day. Excessive speed, reckless driving, road rage, passing in no passing zones. Caltrans, Riverside and San Diego Counties, shame on you for posting 55mph instead of a sfae speed of 35mph. Shame on CHP for lack of enforcement.

  3. Kurt H.   August 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    @ Paul

    35 miles an hour seems a little low. Why do we have to cater to the elderly around here for e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.?

    You’re an adult, you don’t have to drive that road every day. If you feel unsalfe then please don’t drive it.

    Kurt H

  4. dirtydancin760   August 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    yea paul stop crying it and take risks like the rest of us do everyday when we get in our carz and mab

  5. Anonymous   August 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I agree with Kurt. 35mph is a little too slow for drivers to drive up and down that road.

    If 55mph is too fast for you, then drive slow and cautiously. If you want to drive 35mph, then by all means, go for it, but at the same time be considerate and pull to the side out of courtesy.

    Just don’t get all up if you choose to stay on the road and drive slow while someone signals to pass you up.

  6. momz   August 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    that car almost looks like a Chevy HHR? If so there has been a recall for engines turning off and no steering, no airbag deploy.

  7. Louis   August 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    That looks like a Smart Car to me. There are videos of them catching on fire and they go up in flames very fast. I feel very bad for the driver.

  8. fallbrook resident   August 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    any "news" on the car crash on Mission Tuesday @ 6pm in Fallbrook? Lots of police activity & a crumpled up car..would be nice if the "Fallbrook Village News would report these accidents in a timely manner…..never saw an article on this anywhere….

  9. Accident on Mission   August 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I passed just minutes after it happened and only passerbys were helping the kid. The young guy had to have been speeing excessively to take the tree out like he did and cut his Nissan 350/370Z in half like that. It was crazy. When I drove by he was half in/out of the driver door with seatbelt still on. He was in shock and facing the cars passing northbound. Just by the tree that was down, he must have been doing WAY MORE than the 50 right where that area starts. Racing, bumped, tire popped?

  10. Pala Temecula Road   August 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    There is a section of the road where the speed limit is 55 mph, this section is mostly straight. However in the curvy sections, the speed limit is 30 mph. Going 35 mph would actually be over the safe speed limit. Several sections of this part of the road do not have railings. The road is very narrow for most of and it would be impossible to pull over as someone else suggested.

  11. Fallbrook resident   August 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the update #9! Why hasn’t this been reported anywhere? I also passed by and was wondering what happened? Wish Fallbrook village news would report local accidents! Everyone needs to slow down out there.."when will they learn! Seems like almost a daily occurrence somewhere in Fallbrook.

  12. Joey   August 29, 2014 at 12:47 am

    All of you should have some sympathy for the family, this is someone father, brother, or husband. The road is so narrow the speed limited should be 30-35 mile not 55 it dose not matter if they are elderly, it still should be safe for all ages.

  13. FALLBRKGRL   August 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    village news, please give us some information on the accident the comment #9 is referring to.

    VN Staff – The CHP has not reported any accident matching the description given above. We are short-handed this week so have not been able to cover everything.

  14. ZZZ   August 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I too passed moments after it happened just south of rocky crest on mission. The guy was doing incredibly well for totaling his car. The tree down was from the tow truck, he just plowed the pretty bushes there. Speed yes. He was sitting waiting for the gurney after firefighters put the neck brace on. Its still 45 mph there. After the HS its 50.

  15. Rainbow resident   August 30, 2014 at 11:51 am

    There was also a fire on Friday around 11:30 am on Mission at Lynden and have not seen any mention of this one either.

  16. Louis   September 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Has this poor soul been identified?


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