Man Dies After Crashing into University City Tree

Crash causes chemicals to spill onto Stresemann and Governor in University City

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    Photo shows the scene where a pest control driver, who was involved in a hit-and-run accident, died after driving onto a median and into a University City tree on Dec.10, according to San Diego police.

    The San Diego Medical Examiner office has identified a 65-year-old man killed after hitting a tree in University city on Saturday.

    Gary Joel Rosenburg, a pest control driver, died after his truck collided with a tree on Governor Drive just west of Stresemann Street at about 3:00 p.m., ME officials said.

    Rosenburg's truck was traveling eastbound when for unknown reasons it went over a center divide and collided with the tree.

    Police said the his license plate had a handicap symbol on it so they plan to investigate whether any medication was involved in the crash.

    Rosenburg was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident only minutes before the accident with the tree.

    Police said Rosenburg hit a woman on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard with the pest control truck at 2:45 p.m.

    The woman told police that, although the man initially got out of his car, he wouldn't exchange insurance or other information when she asked him.

    "She thought he seemed like he was out of it,” said Sgt. Jim Reschke of the SDPD Traffic Division. “It wasn't normal and [he] just drove away after they spoke with each other.”

    Neighbors in the area said they heard the accident loud and clear from inside their homes.

    "The house shook. It was pretty loud and I heard glass,” said one resident.

    Hazmat teams were called to the scene in order to clean the chemicals that spilled from the pest control vehicle due to the crash. Teams reportedly found bottles and containers outside of Rosenburg's truck at the scene.

    At this point the police department says they have no reason to believe alcohol was involved in either crash.