VISTA, Calif. – Five people were injured when a car involved in street racing lost control and smashed head-on into an oncoming sedan overnight Sunday in Vista.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reports that at approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday, a Ford Focus carrying four people was racing another car on westbound Bobier Drive. The vehicles were traveling at speeds over 90 miles per hour when the Focus lost control near Heidi Circle, went over the concrete center median, hit a traffic sign and smashed head-on into a Mercedes C300 that was traveling east.
The Focus rolled onto its passenger side while the Mercedes spun out and came to rest facing the opposite direction.
One of the occupants of the Focus ran from the scene. The three remaining occupants were trapped in the car and had to be extricated by Vista Fire Department crews.
All three were airlifted to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The two occupants of the Mercedes were also taken to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries.
Alcohol was likely a factor in the crash, the sheriff’s department said. No names were released.
Deputies did not confirm if they identified the person who fled the scene.