Passersby Tried to Save Man Pinned in Poway Crash

The driver died after the crash on Espola Road near Trailwind Road Wednesday

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    A number of people stopped and tried to save the life of a man pinned in a pickup truck crash in Poway Wednesday.

    The crash happened around 11 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Espola Road near Trailwind Road.

    A witness told San Diego County sheriff's deputies the Ford F150 veered into the center median and then back into the traffic lanes several times before the truck traveled off the road into the brush.

    The truck slammed into a tree and then flipped on its passenger side.

    Man Dies in Poway Truck Crash

    [DGO] Man Dies in Poway Truck Crash
    A witness told deputies the Ford F150 veered into the center median and then back into the traffic lanes several times before the truck traveled off the road into the brush along Espola Road in Poway. NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports.

    When Deputy Landon Kuhn arrived, he said the occupant’s body was pinned. He was breathing but non-responsive Kuhn said.

    Several cars were stopped and Kuhn said he and another passerby climbed up on to the truck to see what they could do for the man trapped inside.

    “They were trying to help the occupant of the vehicle he was pinned in there pretty good,” Kuhn said

    Firefighters arrived soon after and began to perform life-saving efforts.

    The man, described by officials as a 43-year-old Lakeside resident, was pronounced dead at the scene according to the county medical examiner’s office.

    Deputies are still investigating the accident but say the driver may have not been wearing a seatbelt.

    "It’s a big machine and unfortunately when it’s involved with trees and things like that bad nasty things can happen," Kuhn said about the truck.

    Officials have not released the man’s name until next of kin can be notified.