A California Highway Patrol cruiser
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A Carlsbad resident is facing charges in connection with an Interstate 5 collision that killed a 65-year-old man, a California Highway Patrol officer said Friday.

Douglas Payne, 51, was arrested late Wednesday evening on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, CHP officer Hunter Gerber said in a news release.

At 11:17 p.m., Payne was driving a red Honda Accord in the fourth southbound lane of Interstate 5, north of Cannon Road, where the vehicle veered off for unknown reasons and collided with a Ford Explorer parked on the highway’s right shoulder, Gerber said.

The Explorer then struck the unidentified 65-year-old Sun City resident, who was standing outside of his disabled vehicle, Gerber said.

CHP officers and Carlsbad Fire Department paramedics at the scene rendered medical aid to the Explorer driver, who died from his injuries, Gerber said.

Authorities remained on scene until 2 a.m. Thursday. They are investigating the collision, Gerber said. It was unclear whether Payne was in custody on Friday.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the CHP at 760-643-3400.