Fatal crash Lexus
The scene of the fatal wreck and chain-reaction crash in Rancho Bernardo Sunday. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

A young man who appeared to be handling a knife while driving died early Sunday after his 2000 Lexus crashed into a parked vehicle on Rancho Bernardo Road.

The crash happened at 5:24 a.m. Sunday in the 12100 block of Rancho Bernardo Road, according to Officer Sarah Foster of the San Diego Police Department.

The man, 28, was driving eastbound when he veered to the right for unknown reasons and struck a parked vehicle.

The impact deployed the airbags, the officer said. The driver was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries.

According to OnScene.TV, though, authorities found an open knife in the Lexus and a large amount of blood. At the hospital, doctors also discovered a stab wound in his neck.

OnScene.TV reported that investigators believe the driver was attempting to mix protein powder in water, and distracted, crashed. Either the force from the wreck or the air bags drove the knife into his neck.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death, whether it was the impact or the neck wound.

The driver was not wearing his seatbelt, according to OnScene.TV. Speed was also a factor, as there are no skid marks at the crash scene.

The crash also caused the parked vehicle to move forward and another five cars were hit in a chain reaction, Foster said.

Traffic units responded to handle the investigation.

City News Service