Carlsbad police cruiser
Carlsbad police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

Updated at 10:21 a.m. Feb. 5, 2018

A suspected drunk driver was fatally injured Sunday night when he crashed his pickup and was thrown from the truck near Calavera Trails in Carlsbad.

Gage V. Bergmann, 25, was apparently speeding east on Carlsbad Village Drive when he ran a red light at College Boulevard around 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Carlsbad Police Sgt. Matt Lowe said. His Toyota pickup sped through the intersection onto Peninsula Drive, where it struck a guard rail, a tree and a parked car before overturning and coming to a rest on its roof in the driveway of a home.

“During the crash, the driver was ejected from the truck and was found lying on the sidewalk by responding personnel,” Lowe said.

Firefighters provided advanced life-support medical treatment and took the driver to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where doctors pronounced him dead from his injuries, Lowe said. His name was withheld pending family notification.

Carlsbad traffic officers were conducting a full investigation but believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, Lowe said.

The deadly accident happened roughly three hours after the end of the Super Bowl during a time when police agencies and the county sheriff’s department were conducting extra patrols in search of suspected drunk drivers.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.