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.