Man Killed Testing Car's Limits: Friend

According to a friend, the victim in a fiery crash in Vista said he wanted to see what his car could do before driving off.

By Sherene Tagharobi and R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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A driver was killed in a fiery crash in Vista after he lost control of his car and plowed into an electrical box, which then caught fire. The deadly collision also caused a power outage in the area. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.

A driver was killed in a fiery crash in Vista after he lost control of his car and plowed into an electrical box, which then caught fire. The deadly collision also caused a power outage in the area. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.

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Driver Killed in Vista Crash

NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports from the scene of a fatal single-vehicle crash that caused power outages for several neighboring communities.
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A driver is dead after investigators say a car lost control, crashed into an electrical box and caught fire in Vista Tuesday.

Deputies arrived to the crash scene on Sycamore Avenue about one mile south of Highway 78 just before 2 a.m. and found the 1998 Chevrolet Camaro engulfed in flames.

Deputies say the driver lost control, crashed into an electrical box and flipped the car.

It was only after firefighters put out the flames that the victim was discovered inside.

According to a friend, the victim said he wanted to see what the car could do before driving off. The friend told deputies he was asked to follow behind in case anything happened.

Investigators say skid marks left on the street suggest the driver was traveling at high speeds before the crash.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office arrived to help identify the victim in the crash.

He has been identified by officials as a 19-year-old man who was on a lunch break while working the third shift at Monster Tools.

Sycamore Avenue was closed between La Mirada and Business Court Drive causing some delays for morning commuters in the area.

A power outage resulting from the crash affected about 3,000 customers in the communities of Buena, Twin Oaks, Lawrence Welk, Hidden Meadows and west San Marcos. Power has since been restored.

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