Driver, 22, Killed After Slamming into Tree - NBC 7 San Diego

Driver, 22, Killed After Slamming into Tree

Witnesses told deputies the man may have been racing another car at the time of the crash



    Driver, 22, Killed After Slamming into Tree
    NBC 7 San Diego

    A 22-year-old man was killed Thursday after crashing his car into a tree in a San Marcos roadway, deputies confirmed.

    The single-vehicle fatal collision happened in the 1000 block of East Mission Road at around 2:40 p.m.

    Deputies say a white Scion TC was traveling through a curve in the road when the driver – now identified by the county medical examiner as San Marcos resident Gerardo Ali Gabriel Valerio – lost traction and slid sideways off the road.

    The car hopped the curb of East Mission Road, continued sliding and struck a tree. After hitting that first tree, the Scion was redirected into another tree, causing major damage to the driver’s side.

    Valerio was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s department said. A report later released by the medical examiner’s office said Valerio died from craniocerebral blunt force injuries sustained in the crash.

    Witnesses told deputies the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash. Several witnesses said the driver could have possibly been street racing with another dark-colored vehicle.

    The deadly collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

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