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Driver dies in fiery crash off I-15 ramp at Scripps Poway Parkway in north San Diego

Posted at 5:31 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 11:03:44-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A driver was killed Wednesday morning after a fiery single-vehicle wreck near an Interstate 15 offramp in northern San Diego.

The crash happened at around 2:15 a.m. off Scripps Poway Parkway, according to authorities.

A witness told 10News he suspected a driver of being under the influence after seeing a Toyota Prius with a Maryland license plate driving erratically on northbound Interstate 15.

When the sedan exited onto Scripps Poway Parkway, the witness said the Prius sped through a red light and struck a curb.

According to the witness, the impact caused the car to launch into the air before it rolled over several times and came to rest on its roof on Cara Way.

The witness and others who saw the crash -- including an off-duty paramedic -- rushed to help, but the wrecked car caught fire.

Witnesses said the man was still alive as the Prius burned, but the extreme heat prevented them from pulling him out of the wreckage.

Firefighters arrived to put out the flames, but the driver was declared dead at the scene.

The crash forced the closure of the northbound I-15 offramp and onramp to Scripps Poway Parkway through the early hours of the morning commute.

Closures were lifted shortly before 6:30 a.m.