Driver Careens Off Road, Dies in Fiery Crash - NBC 7 San Diego

Driver Careens Off Road, Dies in Fiery Crash

A driver is dead after flying off the road, down a canyon and into a tree off Genesee Avenue. NBC 7's Dave Summers reports on Aug. 10, 2014. (Published Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014)

An early morning crash ended in the fiery death of a driver in University City Sunday.

San Diego Police say the driver was heading north on Genesee Avenue around 3:43 a.m. when the car careened to the right, striking the bridge barrier and flying off the side.

The wreckage fell part way down the canyon and exploded.

Investigators believe the car was going well above the 45 mph speed limit because it hit the barrier with such force that debris flew a block away in each direction from the crash.

Since the vehicle was engulfed in fire -- and the driver with it -- it could take some time to identify the person inside. Officers are not sure if it was a man or woman.

Police say the burned car was the only one involved in the crash.

The northbound lanes of Genesee Avenue were closed between Centurion Square and Decorous Street. The southbound lanes have remained open.