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DUI crash on NB-5 in Carlsbad leaves 1 dead, multiple injured; 1 arrested

Fatal crash on NB-5 in Carlsbad_1
Posted at 7:15 AM, Mar 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-23 15:08:50-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) — An Oceanside man is facing several charges following an overnight crash on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad that left a person dead and multiple others injured early Wednesday morning.

Isidrone Martinez, 20, of Oceanside is charged with felony DUI in the death of another 20-year-old Oceanside man.

The fatal crash happened around 2:40 a.m. on I-5 northbound, just south of La Costa Avenue.

According to California Highway Patrol, Martinez was driving a grey Honda Civic with two 20-year-old Oceanside men, a 20-year-old Oceanside woman, and a 22-year-old Valley Center woman.

For reasons still under investigation, CHP says Martinez veered to the right through a Caltrans construction zone with a hard closure in place that shut down the #3 and #4 northbound lanes.

The Honda Civic then veered back to the left, towards the #2 lane, where it collided into the right rear of a grey Toyota Prius. The Prius, which was being used as an Uber, was being driven by a 33-year-old San Diego resident, and seated in the left rear of the Toyota Prius was a 33-year-old San Diego man. After the Civic collided with the Prius, the Honda veered to the right up an embank and rolled over an unknown number of times.

Police say as the Civic rolled, one of the 20-year-old men was ejected from the car. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the man was pronounced dead. Martinez was taken to a nearby hospital with major life-threatening injuries. The other passengers in the Civic were all also taken to local hospitals for major injuries.

Both victims in the Prius received minor injuries. Traffic was jammed until nearly 8:30 a.m. as a result of the crash. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the deadly crash.