Fog blamed in deadly rollover crash

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The California Highway Patrol is investigating a
fatal rollover crash in the North County believed to have been caused by dense
fog.

The fatality on Maridge Road, just south of Highway 76, occurred about
10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to CHP Public Information Officer Jim
Bettencourt.

A 65-year-old man driving a 2001 Toyota Tacoma southbound at between 10
and 15 miles per hour with his 61-year-old wife in the passenger seat lost
control under what he described as “extremely foggy” conditions, Bettencourt
said.

“The right side of the Tacoma caught the dirt portion of the roadway
and rolled 150 feet down the embankment,” Bettencourt said in a statement.

The woman was partially ejected and died at the scene, according to the
officer, who said the man was taken to Palomar Medical Center with minor
injuries.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected in the crash, Bettencourt said.

Maridge Road was closed for about four hours for the investigation.

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