A 19-year-old was killed in a crash on Interstate 15 after hitting a tree near Fallbrook, officials confirmed.
The incident was reported around noon Sunday, on the northbound lanes on I-15 near State Route 76, officers said.
Two people were in a car driving on I-15 when they spun out and drove into a ditch and ended up hitting a tree.
The driver was unconscious and unresponsive, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was conscious, they suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital, officials confirm.
All northbound lanes of the I-15 near Fallbrook were closed temporarily to transport victims of the crash. A helicopter was called to the scene but was not used to transfer the patients.
A California Highway Patrol officer who was at the scene was rear-ended while assisting the crash but was not injured.
Ed. Note: The age of the driver has been corrected to 19 years old, based on updated information from the North County Fire Protection District.