81-year-old man dies in fatal crash on Old Highway 395; wife is in critical condition

An 81-year-old Palm Desert man died and his 81-year-old wife was critically injured after he tried to make a u-turn on Old Highway 395 in Fallbrook and his sedan was struck by a pickup truck, according to the California Highway Patrol and broadcast news sources.

The crash was reported at 2:57 p.m. near Pala Mesa Drive, according to a CHP dispatcher.

The two were in a red Hyundai Azera driving north on Old Highway 395 when the man decided to make a u-turn onto the southbound side of the highway and was struck on the driver’s side by a green Toyota Tacoma that came up

behind them, according to NBC7 and ABC8 in San Diego.

The pickup truck driver, identified as Fallbrook resident Makoto Kubota, 64, reportedly told the CHP he tried to swerve to his left but was unable to keep from crashing into the driver’s side of the Hyundai.

The man was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries, according to broadcast sources. The woman was transported to a hospital in critical condition and Kubota was taken to a hospital after he complained of chest and knee pain.

The CHP is continuing to investigate the incident.

8 Responses to "81-year-old man dies in fatal crash on Old Highway 395; wife is in critical condition"

  1. oldtimer   June 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Pala Mesa Drive and Old Highway 395 are nowhere near Oceanside.

  2. correction   June 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Old 395 is not in Oceanside. The accident is in Fallbrook.

    VILLAGE NEWS – Please excuse the error – our weekend news reporter misinterpreted the information – the CHP always lists it as Oceanside reporting district, which has to be translated into the proper unincorporated community. Our apologies. D. Ramsey

  3. Passerby   June 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I passed this maybe 2 or 3 minutes after it happened, before the Firetruck and Ambulance arrived. Both cars ended up in the ditch on the west side of 395. There where a number of people at the cars assisting the scene. Some looked like they came right off the golf-coarse to help. I’ve scene a number of accidents in my life, but this was by far the worst looking set of wreckage I’ve scene.

  4. Brookie   June 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    VN…the wife also passed away yesterday.
    Case Number: 14-01377
    Name: Next of kin not notified City of Residence:
    DOB: Gender: Female
    Place of Death: 2185 West Citracado Parkway, Escondido CA Place of injury: N/B Old Highway 395 S of Stewart Canyon Road, Fallbrook CA
    Date/Time of Death: 6/14/2014 5:50:00 PM Date/Time injury: 06/14/2014 1455
    Summary: The decedent appears to be an elderly female who was the front seat passenger in a 2013 Hyundai Azera being driven by an 81 year old male (MEO Case #14-1376) who on 06/14/14 was traveling northbound on Old Highway 395. At some point, the Azera attempted to make a U-turn and collided with another vehicle. The Azera left the roadway and went down an embankment. 9-1-1 was called and responding paramedics transported both victims to Palomar Medical Center where death was subsequently pronounced. An examination has not been performed. Identification has not been confirmed.

  5. Awe   June 15, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    This poor couple and the drivers family. May God be with everyone.

  6. kma   June 16, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Tragic but a blessing that both are gone so one doesn’t have to live w/out the other…

  7. Brookie   June 18, 2014 at 12:05 am

    According to the coroner report, they were not married….different last names. Sad none the less.

  8. Yoshi   June 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Very, Very Sad! I lost a brother over 70 years ago and it’s still hurts when I think of him. Plane Crash in the very early 1940’s.


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