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CHP believes medical emergency may have led to driver's death in solo vehicle crash on I-15 in Fallbrook

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Issue 05, Volume 17.

FALLBROOK - Authorities investigated today whether a medical emergency was to blame for a solo-vehicle crash that killed a Chula Vista woman on the Fallbrook stretch of Interstate 15.

The accident occurred on southbound I-15 south of Old Highway 395 around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt.

Witnesses told investigators that a Toyota Camry traveling about 60 miles per hour veered to the right and crashed into a metal guard rail, Bettencourt said in a statement.

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then went left and crashed into a second metal guard rail in the center divide, he said, adding that witnesses reported never seeing the Camry's brake lights come on.

"Since there was not significant damage to the vehicle, it appears the driver may have had a medical emergency prior to the crash," Bettencourt said. However, the county coroner's office will determine the official cause of death.

The driver was identified as a 53-year-old Chula Vista woman. Her name was withheld pending family notification.



Comment Profile ImageDiana
Comment #1 | Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:44 am
How sad to hear - prayers are sent to her family
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #2 | Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Last time I looked..... I-15 south of Old Highway 395 is not Fallbrook....not even close.
Comment Profile ImageArt
Comment #3 | Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Last time I looked I-15 south of Old Highway 395 WAS in the Fallbrook area.
Comment Profile ImagePicky
Comment #4 | Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:17 pm
Last time I looked that area is a zig-zaggy joining point of a three communities - try Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Escondido. Ya'all know where their talking about, right? Enough said.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #5 | Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm
Bonsallpalabrook (-:

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