A head-on collision near Dehesa early Wednesday left a passenger with major injuries, a driver less severely injured and the 20-year-old man who allegedly caused the crash facing felony charges.
Bashman Azatt Abdulahad of El Cajon allegedly lost control of his 2014 Nissan Altima, which veered into oncoming traffic on a curve in eastbound Dehesa Road about 5 miles east of the Sycuan Casino around 3:45 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein. The Altima struck a westbound 2000 Honda Civic.
The Civic’s 22-year-old male passenger was severely injured and was airlifted to a hospital, Pearlstein said. The car’s 43-year-old driver, a Lakeside man, was taken via ambulance to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
Pearlstein said Abdulahad was driving with a suspended license. He allegedly attempted to run off after the crash but was located a short time later by a Sycuan police officer and arrested on suspicion of the license violation and felony hit-and-run.
Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the crash, according to Pearlstein.
The wrecked vehicles and the debris sent into the roadway prompted authorities to issue a SigAlert for the area, but it was lifted shortly after 5:30 a.m.
— City News Service
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