Escondido Police cruiser
An Escondido Police cruiser. Photo courtesy Escondido Police.

Investigators worked Monday to piece together the circumstances of a late-night broadside collision that killed two people and seriously injured two others at a North County street crossing.

Police believe intoxication may have been a factor in the accident, which left traffic lanes shut down for several blocks in all directions until about 7 a.m. Monday morning, according to Escondido Police Lt. Ed Varso.

Witnesses told investigators that the deadly crash occurred when the speeding driver of a silver Dodge Charger ran a red light at East El Norte Parkway and North Ash Street in Escondido shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

In the intersection, the sedan crashed into a silver Ford Mustang, sending it rolling side over side into a residential front yard, where it came to rest on its roof. The driver of the Mustang and a woman riding in his car died at the scene of the wreck, Varso said.

Medics took a second passenger from the Ford and the driver of the Dodge to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The names of the deceased were withheld pending family notification, the lieutenant said.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

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