Mira Mesa

Collector Car Driver Killed in Crash ID'd

The vehicle, a Shelby Cobra adorned with a number 65 emblem, was ripped into pieces

Investigators inspect car crash

A driver was killed and a collector sports car was left nearly unrecognizable after a crash with a tree on a residential Mira Mesa roadway Friday morning.

A 58-year-old man was driving along Black Mountain Road near Westview Parkway when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle struck a curb and crashed into a tree in the center median at about 9:45 a.m., the San Diego Police Department said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Saul Sotelo, the medical examiner's office confirmed.

Debris from a deadly crash was strewn across Black Mountain Road in Mira Mesa.

The vehicle, a Shelby Cobra sports car adorned with a number 65 emblem, was ripped into pieces. The force of the crash sent pieces of the vehicle scattered across northbound lanes of Black Mountain Road.

Investigators could be seen inspecting the driver's seat, which sat in the center median near a tree with visible crash markings. Tree branches were knocked into lanes.

SDPD believes speed was likely a contributing factor.

Black Mountain Road was shut down in both directions for a time as SDPD investigated the crash. Lanes have since been reopened.

Investigators inspect crash
Investigators inspect a collector car involved in a deadly crash in Mira Mesa
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