A 19-year-old driver has died after plowing his Mustang into trees in Mission Bay early Saturday morning.
According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the young man and his passenger, also 19, were traveling at a high speed in the 900 block of Mariner's Way when the driver lost control of his 2003 Ford Mustang. His vehicle veered off the road and slammed into some trees.
A witness told NBC 7 he rushed over to the wreck to check on the occupants inside the car, but it took a while for anyone to respond when he yelled if they were okay.
The crash is under investigation, but police suspect alcohol played a factor.
The driver, identified as Erick Ordonez Olguin by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office, was taken to a local hospital with major, life-threatening head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the hospital several hours after he arrived.
The passenger suffered minor injuries. No other cars were involved in the crash.
Traffic was backed up on West Mission Bay Drive following the crash as police collected evidence and worked to clear the wreck.