Woman Burned in Fatal Crash

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    A woman died after being pinned in a crashed vehicle that burst into flames Friday night.

    The female was driving her red Nissan eastbound on Vesper Road near Mactan Road in Valley Center around 11 p.m.

    A CHP officer said she was traveling in excess of the 55 mph speed limit on that stretch of road when she failed to negotiate a turn, crashing her vehicle into a large tree.

    "Upon impact with that tree, the vehicle disintegrated into several large pieces," said CHP Officer Jeffrey Jenkins. "The main portion of the car, the passenger compartment, remained in one large piece and began tumbling in the road way. It came to rest upside down and subsequently was engulfed in flames, pinning the solo female occupant inside it."

    Cal Fire crews had to use jaws of life tools to remove the woman's smoldering body from the wreckage.

    Jenkins said there was no evidence any other vehicles were involved in the crash. Investigators are waiting on the San Diego Medical Examiner's report to determine if drugs or alcohol was involved.

    The driver, believed to be in her 30's, has not yet been identified.

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