1 dead after car crashes into tree off SR-125

Posted at 3:36 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 21:03:06-05

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. - A woman was killed Monday afternoon when a car careened off an East County freeway and smashed into a tree.

The Honda Civic crashed off southbound state Route 125 near Spring Street shortly after 2:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Witnesses told the CHP that the Civic was traveling at a high rate of speed on westbound SR-94, and at the last moment, "the driver made an unsafe turning movement to the left in an attempt to take the [southbound] SR-125 transition road. The driver lost control and went down an embankment where it struck a large tree," according to the CHP.

The CHP said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The 30-year-old victim, whose name was not immediately available, died at the scene, CHP public affairs Officer Robert Catano said.

No other vehicles were involved and no other injuries were reported.