OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - Three women died and a teenage driver was arrested Tuesday after a car crash in the North County.
The crash occurred around 1 p.m. at South Coast Highway and Oceanside Blvd., according to Oceanside Police.
Officers said a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was traveling southbound on South Coast Highway and failed to stop at a red light, colliding with a Mazda traveling east on Oceanside Boulevard. The truck struck the sedan on the driver's side, causing it to spin, according to authorities.
Two of the women in the rear seat were thrown from the vehicle, witnesses reported. One of the women died at the scene, and the other victim who was ejected died at the hospital. A third woman in the sedan’s rear seat also died at the hospital.
Two males and a female, whose ages were not released, were also in the Mazda and were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, police said.
According to police, two of the victims weren’t wearing seatbelts.
The 19-year-old man driving the Tacoma, Mason Fish, was not injured. He declined a medical evaluation at the scene, according to Oceanside Fire Department.
He was later arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Initially, police did not believe drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Accident Investigator David Paul at 760-435-4431.