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Head-on collision on Market St. in Chollas View leaves 1 dead

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Mar 05, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-06 09:10:47-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A two-vehicle crash in San Diego’s Chollas View neighborhood left a 63-year-old man dead Sunday.

Just after 1 p.m., San Diego Police and Fire-Rescue departments were called to the 4500 block of Market Street in response to a crash involving a 2018 Lexus RX350 SUV and 1993 Nissan Maxima sedan.

According to SDPD officials, the Nissan was heading westbound when it crossed the center line for unknown reasons and slammed head-on into the SUV that was traveling eastbound.

Responding emergency crews tore off the roof of the Nissan to pull the driver out. The 63-year-old driver was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The Lexus had three people inside, and only one of them was taken to the hospital as a precaution, since they were complaining about pain, according to police.

Market Street was closed between 45th and 47th streets for several hours due to the crash response.

SDPD Traffic Division officers are investigating the collision; officials said it was “unknown at this time if DUI is a factor.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated that the people inside the Lexus were all taken to the hospital. That was based on information provided in a San Diego Fire Department tweet; however, San Diego police clarified to say only one person from that SUV was taken to the hospital.