Alcohol suspected in head-on crash that killed Ramona man

RAMONA, Calif. — A 90-year-old Ramona man died Monday in a head-on crash while trying to make a turn at an East County intersection, the California Highway Patrol said.

At about 4:15 p.m., the man was driving west on Mussey Grade Road in a Toyota Prius when he stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with state Route 67, CHP officer Travis Garrow said in a press release. He entered the intersection to make a left turn onto the path of a 49-year-old woman in a Volkswagen Jetta traveling north on SR-67.

It resulted in a head-on collision between the two vehicles and involved a third when the impact forced the Toyota to roll backwards into a 43-year-old El Cajon man traveling south in a Hyundai Elantra, Garrow said.

The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not released pending an investigation by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office and notice from his family.

None of the other drivers were injured, Garrow said, and both were working with CHP researchers.

Although all three parties were wearing seat belts at the time, the agency said alcohol would be a factor.

No further information has been shared by CHP.

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