A 22-year-old Chula Vista man was fatally injured Friday when his speeding car hit a tree on a busy Chula Vista street and split into two, police said.
Several witnesses called 911 shortly before noon to report a BMW 325i going about 95 mph along westbound Olympic Parkway, west of Heritage Road, according to Chula Vista police.
When the driver came upon slower traffic, he lost control of his car. He rear-ended a Honda SUV spinning out and then striking it a second time in the driver’s side, police said.
The BMW then left the roadway, striking a palm tree north of the sidewalk. The vehicle split into two and came to rest in a drainage ditch north of the curb line of the road with the ejected driver pinned under the car, police said.
The driver suffered major injuries and was taken to the trauma center at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest, where he was pronounced dead. A passenger with minor injuries was hospitalized. No one in the Honda SUV was injured, according to police.
Officers at the scene noted the smell of burnt marijuana wafting from the BMW, but it was unknown if use of the drug caused the collision, police said.
The wreck caused all westbound traffic on Olympic Parkway to be diverted onto Heritage Road for hours.
— City News Service
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