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CHP: Street racing, DUI not a factor in I-805 crash

Posted at 6:43 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 17:37:15-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The California Highway Patrol has ruled out street racing and DUI as causes of a crash on Interstate 805 in Sorrento Valley that left a man with serious injuries.

Traffic came to a standstill in the northbound lanes of the freeway about 2 p.m. when a silver Mercedes SUV hit the driver of a blue Nissan.

Witnesses told the CHP the Nissan suddenly stopped in a lane and the driver got out of the car.

CHP says the Nissan became disabled and the driver got out of the car after pulling off to the side of the road.

The Nissan’s driver was struck and thrown 135 feet before landing on the pavement. The CHP said the man had severe head injuries.

A total of four cars were involved in the resulting pileup. Three people were taken to the hospital, San Diego Fire-Rescue reported, but no one aside from the Nissan's driver was seriously hurt. The other drivers stopped and cooperated with the investigation.

The affected lanes of the freeway reopened about four hours after the crash.

The Nissan was recently purchased, according to the CHP. Investigators said the driver might be a member of the military.