CHP is investigating a two-part fatal collision that occurred on southbound SR15 in Fallbrook early Sunday morning.
According to CHP, the first part of the crash happened around 3:52 a.m. just south of Mission Road.
A 32-year-old man driving with four passengers in a Honda Civic was traveling at high speeds when, for unknown reasons, he turned his vehicle to the left and collided into the center median on the freeway.
Authorities said the Honda came to a stop facing east in the first lane of southbound SR15.
At that point, three of the driver’s passengers sitting in the back seat exited the car and made their way safely to the center divide.
The driver and his front seat passenger remained in the vehicle, which appeared to be stalled on the road.
CHP said that minutes after the crash a 51-year-old man from Redlands, Calif., was driving his black Isuzu Trooper on southbound SR15 and failed to see the idle Honda in that first lane.
The Isuzu crashed into the driver’s side door of the Honda and the impact instantly killed the 32-year-old man, according to authorities.
The remaining passenger in the Honda and the driver of the Isuzu sustained major injuries and were transported to Palomar Hospital.
The passengers who made it out of the Honda safely did not suffer serious injuries but were also taken to the hospital as a precaution.
CHP said alcohol is suspected as a factor in this fatal collision, as alcohol containers were found inside the Honda Civic and the surrounding scene.
The medical examiner later identified the crash victim as Chula Vista resident Richard Quintanar.