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East County News Service

February 16, 2020 (El Cajon) – A man in his 30s was found dead this afternoon in a black 1998 Ford Explorer that struck a tree in the 1200 block of North Second Street. 

El Cajon Police officers and Heartland Fire personnel responded at 1:49 p.m., where  witnesses and an investigation indicated the Ford was traveling northbound when it drifted onto the center divider and hit a tree. The driver’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

“It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision and no other vehicles or persons were involved,” says Lt. Jason Taub with Ell Cajon Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call (619) 579-3311.

ECPD reminds the public to designate a sober driver this holiday weekend.

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A lady sideswiped my truck in front of my house, she stopped down the street. I ran to see if she was OK, she had a phone in her hand.

Thankfully some of these careless drivers are just killing

themselves and not others. And as I have indicated before, the police position that only drugs and alcohol might be a cause and not cell phones is weak. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.