Valley Center, CA
May 26, 2022
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VC man arrested for DUI in head-on that closed road Saturday

On Saturday, May 8, at about 1:17 p.m. a two-vehicle collision occurred on Valley Center Road north of Lilac Road.
A 56-year-old man from Valley Center, was traveling southbound Valley Center Road in a 2008 Ford F-450. A 50-year-old man from Escondido was traveling northbound Valley Center Road in a 2018 Lexus ES350.
For reasons that are still under investigation, the driver of the Ford allowed his vehicle to veer to the right, ran off the roadway, and collided with a fire hydrant. The Ford then re-entered the roadway crossing over the southbound lanes and traversed a center median where it collided with two trees. The Ford continued out of control to the left and entered the northbound lanes where it then collided with the Lexus head-on.
The California Highway Patrol and the Valley Center Fire Department responded to the scene to assist all parties involved. Both drivers suffered life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital.
The roadway was affected from the time of the collision until about 5:29 p.m. as the scene was investigated. The driver of the F-450 was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP Oceanside office at 760-643-3400.

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