A pickup-truck driver died in Mission Valley on Thursday morning, December 3.
“While driving on I-8, I saw a truck racing with another car,” said witness Jackson Foreman. “It hit a Dodge Ram and almost flew over the hill off the freeway landing on the street below. It barely missed another guy on a bicycle.”
California Highway Patrol spokesman Brad Baehr confirmed that a driver lost control of his 1990 Toyota pickup truck for unknown reasons while speeding west on I-8 at about 7:30 a.m. The truck swerved and struck the front end of a 2004 Dodge Ram, which in turn crashed into a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Meanwhile, the Toyota truck jumped off the north side of the freeway, went down an embankment, and smashed through a chain-link fence before overturning and coming to rest on its side in a commercial driveway on Camino del Rio North.
According to Baehr, the paramedics pronounced dead at the scene the driver of the pickup. Both directions of Camino del Rio North were closed for a couple of hours.