SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER PASSENGER DIES IN CAMPO CRASH

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By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2021 (Campo) – A Campo man, 35, suffered major injuries and is under arrest following a crash early this morning in Campo that killed a female passenger, 26, also from Campo.

The motorist was driving a 2004 Toyota Scion XA northbound on Buckman Springs Road, north of Lake Morena Drive when the vehicle drifted onto the shoulder and struck a mailbox.

“As the driver attempted to regain control, the vehicle veered across the roadway, struck a tree on the west shoulder and overturned,” says Officer Travis Garrow with the California Highway Patrol. “It is believed neither the driver nor passenger were wearing a seatbelt and both occupants were ejected out of the vehicle.”

The woman died at the scene of her injuries. The driver suffered major injuries and was flown via Mercy air to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego for treatment. He has been arrested and charged with felony driving under the influence and manslaughter.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at 619-401-2000. This investigation is still ongoing.