The victim’s wrecked car in downtown San Diego. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A 33-year-old man died downtown after clashing with another man Saturday over a traffic dispute.

The incident began when two motorists left their vehicles and engaged in a physical fight, said San Diego Police Lt. Matt Dobbs. The fight broke up and the two men drove away.

As he drove away at about 3 p.m. Saturday, the victim began to lose consciousness and collided with a light pole, a tree and a power box in the 900 block of First Avenue, Dobbs said.

The man had suffered trauma to his upper body, Dobbs said. He did not elaborate on the nature of the injuries or whether the victim suffered them in the fight or the crash.

When officers and paramedics arrived, they found his female companion — it was unclear if she had been a passenger in his vehicle – rendering aid to him in the street, Dobbs said.

The officers took over first aid and had the man transported to a hospital, where he died. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The female companion was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries along with a 14-year-old girl who was also transported after suffering a foot injury from flying debris from the crash, he said.

The other motorist — police called him suspect — was described as a stocky Asian or Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s. He was last seen driving a red compact sedan.

Anyone with information on this fight and crash may call SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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