Humberto Caudillo, a landscape contractor, picks up brass letters from the sign that was damaged during a solo-vehicle crash just east of Pacific Rim Elementary School.
  • Humberto Caudillo, a landscape contractor, picks up brass letters from the sign that was damaged during a solo-vehicle crash just east of Pacific Rim Elementary School.
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A young male driver uprooted two stop signs, a street sign, and a large collection mailbox before he crashed into a block wall of a neighborhood sign at the Mariners Point housing development in Carlsbad at about 6 p.m. on April 14.

A female passenger in a GMC SUV was taken from the scene by ambulance, but according to police, only minor injuries were reported and the cause of the wreck is under investigation.

The intersection of Camino de las Ondas and Briarwood Drive  is in an upscale, ocean-view residential area, and several residents agree that too many drivers speed on Camino de las Ondas, which intersects with the well-traveled Poinsettia Lane.  

“There’s a school a block away and people go through this intersection at 50 to 60 miles per hour,” said Ken Clarence, president of the Mariners Point homeowners’ association.

The morning after the crash, Clarence and two other residents  were observing damages to the brick sign that's situated in a landscaped corner of grass. Large cracks in the masonry, broken light fixtures, several mangled brass letters, and torn grass were some of the obvious damages.

A landscape contractor said that after the crash a large mailbox ended up on the other side of the street. According to the city, a street sign was also damaged.

The residents each agreed that a crash had happened at the intersection about six months ago.

“This is the second time this has happened,” Clarence said.  He said that, on behalf of the homeowners’ association, he intends to make a formal request to the city for speed bumps to be installed on the street.

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Visduh April 16, 2013 @ 7:16 a.m.

Typical. You see these single car "crashes" that jump curbs, take out light posts, flatten fences, smack into houses, and generally wreak havoc on streets with speed limits of 25 mph. And you ask how. Especially when the "accidents" occur in daylight, on dry and usually sunny days. No inclement weather to blame at all. There is no explanation other than craziness for many of them I've seen within a mile or two of my home. The fact that this one occurred in Carlsbad is even less likely, one would think. After all, that is one city that has fairly heavy and zealous traffic enforcement, especially speed enforcement.

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Javajoe25 April 16, 2013 @ 9:29 a.m.

Probably caused by a 1. Alcoholic, 2. Textaholic, 3. Speedaholic, or 4. Senior Moment. The first three are preventable. The last...er, I forget what the last is.

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Visduh April 16, 2013 @ 3:04 p.m.

Maybe YOU had a senior moment when you mentioned that. The story says quite clearly that it was "A young male driver."

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Javajoe25 April 18, 2013 @ 7:20 a.m.

Oh. Well then I guess it might be Cause #5. "Over-medicated young male."

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