North County woman killed in fiery car crash

CARLSBAD (CNS) – Authorities Friday released the name of a 23-year-old woman who was killed this week when the car she was driving veered off a Carlsbad street at high speed, plowed into a light pole and caught fire.

Brittany Pursell was alone in a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta heading south on El Camino Real, using a bicycle lane to pass traffic stopped for traffic signals, when her vehicle swerved onto a sidewalk at Levante Street shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday, according to Carlsbad police and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The sedan caromed off a utility standard and crashed to a halt against another one on the other side of the intersection, ejecting the driver before becoming engulfed in flames, police said.

Medics flew Pursell to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Carlsbad police were investigating the cause of the crash.

Pursell, who lived in Carlsbad, was single and would have turned 24 next month, according to the ME.

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