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One dead, two severely injured in San Diego County highway crash

April 18, 2012 |  8:46 am

A 20-year-old man was killed and two teenagers severely injured in an early morning crash Wednesday on Highway 78 in northern San Diego County, the CHP said.

The driver of a 1992 Honda Accord lost control, spun off the highway and hit a palm tree shortly after midnight in San Marcos, the California Highway Patrol said.

The driver was pronounced dead at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. Two female passengers -- ages 17 and 19 -- were taken to hospitals with major injuries. All three are from Vista.

Officers are "investigating the possibility that alcohol and drugs played a factor in this collision," CHP officials said in a statement. 

It is the second crash this month in which young people were killed in San Diego County.

Two high school students -- ages 16 and 18 -- were killed April 4 on Highway 52 in San Diego when their car ran off the highway and rolled over. Two other students, ages 16 and 18, now face criminal charges for what prosecutors say was a speed contest between a Volkswagen and a Volvo as a group was returning from a late-night beach party in La Jolla.


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