San Marcos driver crashes into sign, hydrant, rail, canyon

Medical condition likely attributable to erratic driving

A 37 year-old man (unnamed in police report) seemed to have suffered a seizure or other medical condition on Saturday afternoon, December 14, before his car launched into a canyon near the California State University San Marcos campus.

According to Agustin Rosas with the San Diego Sheriff's San Marcos division, at around 5:45 p.m. a grey Infiniti G35 sedan traveling east along Craven Road hit a raised center island and struck a metal traffic sign, launching it into another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. The driver continued on, turning onto South Twin Oaks Valley Road.

The Infiniti then veered off the road, traveling along a dirt path until it severed a fire hydrant. Continuing on, the car hit the wrong side of a metal guard rail, which sent it toward a shallow canyon where sheriff's deputies and a CSU San Marcos campus police officer removed the man from his car.

Paramedics arriving on the scene transported the driver to Palomar Hospital after determining he was suffering from a medical condition unrelated to the crash, which they believe could have caused the erratic driving behavior. No one else, including the occupants of the vehicle struck by the flying street sign, were injured. Alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the crashes.

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