A California Highway Patrol officer shared that an early morning crash in Fallbrook killed one and sent three other victims to the hospital. Although the California Highway Patrol is still carrying out their investigation of what caused this Fallbrook area crash, officers believe that alcohol or drugs may have contributed to the collision. A 19-year-old man from Fallbrook was driving a Saturn northbound just after 1:00 am on Mission Road. He drifted into oncoming traffic and hit a U-Haul truck head-on, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.

The accident occurred south of Fallbrook High School. The driver and the three passengers inside the Saturn were all trapped inside the car and one of those passengers, a 20-year-old Escondido resident, suffered fatal injuries and passed away at the scene. The driver also sustained major trauma and was flown to a La Jolla Hospital. He is currently expected to survive. Moderate injuries affected the other two victims in the accident. Officers suspect, based on their investigation of the Fallbrook crash scene, that none of the occupants inside the Saturn were wearing seatbelts. Wearing seatbelts is one of the most important ways to prevent injuries and fatalities in vehicle accidents.

If you have been injured in an accident, consult with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer. Any type of crash, including a head-on collision, a rear-end wreck, a T-bone accident, or something else, may lead to catastrophic injuries.