San Jacinto man killed, Perris man badly hurt in San Diego County crash


SAN JACINTO (CNS) – A young man from San Jacinto was killed early Tuesday, Sept. 15 and his companion was badly injured in a solo car crash on Interstate 15 in the northern reaches of the San Diego area.
The driver and passenger, both 21, were in a northbound Lexus ES 350 that veered out of control at high speed and veered off the freeway south of Gopher Canyon Road in the Hidden Meadows area shortly after 12:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The sedan traveled across a dirt-and-asphalt center median, went up a brushy embankment and struck a wire guardrail at the top of the slope, CHP public-affairs Officer Mark Latulippe said. It then overturned and rolled repeatedly side-over-side back down the hill, ejecting the driver.
Medics took the two men to Palomar Medical Center, where the driver was pronounced dead. His companion, who lives in Perris, was admitted for treatment of severe injuries. Their names were not immediately released.
Neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the Highway Patrol spokesman, who said intoxication may have played a role in the accident.