80-Year-Old Man Killed in Mission Bay Crash

The car plowed into several palm trees just off the road in the crash that killed the 80-year-old driver

An 80-year-old man was killed Friday after he drove his car approximately 40 feet off the roadway into an embankment the Mission Bay area and plowed into several palm trees, officials confirmed.

The crash happened just before 12:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of SeaWorld Drive near Interstate 5. Police said the elderly man was driving his 1996 Jaguar eastbound when he came to a bend in the roadway, lost control and drove straight into westbound lanes. The driver's car then drove down an embankment and hit several palm trees.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene just before 1 p.m.

Aerial footage of the scene showed the car came to rest between several palm trees. At least two palm trees were knocked to the ground, landing near the vehicle.

The deadly accident is under investigation and officials did not release further details, including the victim's name. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, officials said.

The shoulder at southbound I-5 was blocked off to traffic following the collision.

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