January 26, 2011 (La Presa) - Witnesses say the driver of a high performance sports car was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour when he lost control, rolled several times and hit hitting a utility pole in the 900 block of Gillespie Drive, San Miguel Fire District's Leonard Villareal reports. The impact snapped the utility pole, dropping the power lines and knocked the vehicle back on its driver’s side door. The vehicle hit with such force the passenger was pinned inside.
Residents rushed to rescue the passenger. Several tried to keep the car from rolling over while others tried to remove the passenger. Wreckage from the car had wrapped around the victim’s leg, so the efforts of the Samaritans were unsuccessful. The downed power lines and leaking flammable fluid put all of the good Samaritans at risk.
Once fire crews were on scene they were able to move residents back to a safe distance. Firefighters stabilized the vehicle and successfully rescued the trapped passenger. According to a field assessment by paramedics, both the driver and passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to a local hospital. No other injuries were reported
The California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation of the crash. The San Diego Gas and Electric Company was quick on the scene to secure the lines and restore power to impacted homes.