Fatal Crash Closes Road Just Outside Escondido: CHP

Car crash along Harmon Grove

A 28-year-old Chula Vista man was killed after his car drifted into the wrong lane and colliding with two other vehicles just outside Escondido Friday morning.

At 7:40 a.m., a Chula Vista man was driving a white Subaru and struck a red Toyota Prius and then crashed into a white Toyota Highlander forcing it to overturn, according to CHP Officer Mark Latulippe.

The collision occurred along Harmony Grove near the entrance to the Elfin Forest Preserve.

“Preliminarily, it looks like this person was going just too fast for this curve,” Latulippe said.

The Chula Vista man in the Subaru died after being partially ejected from their car, CHP confirmed. Officers have not yet identified this driver.

A 49-year-old San Marcos man inside the Prius was uninjured, Latulippe told NBC 7. There were four people inside the Highlander, who reported minor injuries.

The driver of the Toyota Highlander, Ardeshir Tooraji, was arrested for multiple charges after CHP officers discovered the Highlander was allegedly stolen.

“(The roads) don’t leave room much for error. We encourage people to slow down,” Latulippe said.

Harmony Grove near Wild Willow Hollow Road was closed as debris from crash blocked the roadway. CHP said the closure would be in effect until at least 1:45 p.m.

CHP is investigating the cause of the crash. It is not known if drugs or alcohol impairment played a factor in the crash, according to CHP.

No other information was available.

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