Two men died overnight after their vehicle slammed into a tree and then rolled 100 yards on a Chula Vista roadway, authorities confirmed.
Police said the deadly crash happened just before 2:20 a.m. Friday on Telegraph Canyon Road near Hilltop Drive. For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of his BMW and plowed into a eucalyptus tree. Then, the car rolled 100 yards at a high speed, police said.
The BMW’s roof ripped off before the wrecked car finally came to a halt. Debris was strewn about the crash site.
Both the driver and passenger – two men between 20 and 30 years old – suffered severe injuries in the crash and died.
Police said both men were wearing seat belts, but the impact was just too much to survive. The cause of the crash is under investigation. It is unknown, at this point, if alcohol or drugs were involved.
Telegraph Canyon Road was blocked off to traffic from Hilltop Drive to Camino Entrada for many hours after the crash. The heavily-traveled road was expected to reopen by noon, or once the investigation was completed.
Police advised commuters to avoid the area and take L Street instead.
The names of the victims have not yet been released, pending notification of their families.