CHP officers
California Highway Patrol. Courtesy OnScene.TV

An 18-year-old Poway woman was killed and her passenger injured in a Murrieta crash caused when the victim lost control on Interstate 215 and plowed into a tree, authorities said.

Kim Thien Huynh died Thursday night in the solo-vehicle crash on southbound I-215 near Murrieta Hot Springs Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Mike Lassig said Huynh was at the wheel of a 2017 Honda Accord going south on the freeway about 8:15 p.m. when she spun out in the fast lane at 65 mph.

The Honda went across three traffic lanes, skidding onto the right shoulder and then into the dirt, where the driver’s side of the sedan struck a tree, according to Lassig.

Murrieta Fire Department paramedics arrived within 15 minutes and pronounced the motorist dead at the scene.

Her right front seat passenger, identified only as a 22-year-old Poway woman, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Lassig said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, he said.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

— City News Service