Passenger killed in suspected DUI crash on SR-78 in San Marcos

Posted at 5:26 AM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 08:29:18-04

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) - A woman was killed early Tuesday morning in a single-car crash on state Route 78 believed to be DUI-related.

The crash happened at about 1:45 a.m. on westbound SR-78 at Barham Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials said the driver of a Hyundai sedan lost control, hit the center divider and sped across the lanes before crashing into barriers on the Barnham Drive on-ramp.

The male driver and his female passenger were trapped in the wreckage and were extracted by responding firefighters.


The woman, who was not identified, was declared dead at the scene.

CHP officials said the driver was taken to the hospital and is expected to be arrested on suspicion of DUI and manslaughter.

No other injuries were reported.

Due to the crash, the on-ramp from to westbound SR-78 was closed. The No. 3 lane was also shut down due to the crash response.