Wreckage after the crash in Rancho Bernardo
The scene where two young service members died in a high-speed crash. Photo credit: Screen shot, nbcsandiego.com

Two young servicemen with the Navy were killed early Friday morning when a speeding sedan crashed into a tree in Rancho Bernardo.

The collision happened at 12:46 a.m. on Bernardo Heights Parkway, according to San Diego Police Department watch commander Tony Martinez.

An 18-year-old man, who was driving, and his 21-year-old man passenger, both gravely injured, were rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead, Martinez said.

Authorities withheld the sailors’ names pending family notification. One of them served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and the other with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 14, according to Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke.

“The Abraham Lincoln crew and our HSC-14 sailors deeply mourn this loss,” O’Rourke said.

According to the watch commander’s log, a 2001 Mercedes E320 veered off the road while eastbound on the 15800 block of Bernardo Heights at a high rate of speed. It hit a raised center median and crashed into a tree.

It was not known whether alcohol or other substances were involved. SDPD Traffic Division officers were investigating.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Updated 7:45 p.m. Aug. 20, 2021

Chris Jennewein

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