A 20-year-old man was killed and several others were hospitalized overnight following a crash in Carlsbad that involved a suspected DUI driver, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
At about 2:45 a.m., two vehicles crashed on northbound I-5 just under the La Costa Avenue bridge, CHP Officer Mark Latulippe said. The incident began when the driver of a Honda Civic drove through a Caltrans construction zone that was under a hard closure. The driver, who was later identified as 20-year-old Isidrone Martinez, veered to the right of the closure then back to the left toward the No. 2 lane of the freeway.
Upon veering to the left, Martinez then collided into the rear of a Toyota Prius. After the collision, Martinez's vehicle veered up an embankment, causing it to rollover. A 20-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was ejected from the Honda and died at the scene, CHP said.
Encinitas Fire spokesperson Josh Gordon said there were seven people involved.
Martinez was traveling with four other passengers on board, all of whom were hospitalized for major injuries. Aside from the driver in the Toyota, one other passenger was in that vehicle. Both occupants of the Toyota suffered minor injuries.
Martinez was hospitalized with what CHP described as "major life-threatening injuries" and arrested at the hospital. She is facing several charges in connection with the crash, including felony DUI causing death.
The morning commute was impacted by the incident since all northbound lanes of the freeway were shut down. Motorists were diverted off the freeway onto La Costa Avenue.
All lanes of I-5 north were reopened by 9:45 a.m.