Fatal accident on South Mission knocks out power, closes road

A fatal single-car accident on South Mission Road, just south of Green Canyon Road, at approximately 12:55 a.m. Sunday morning, November 2, caused a significant power outage in the area and forced the closure of the main artery into Fallbrook.

The driver of the vehicle, German Cruz Santiago, 32, of Vista, was driving a blue Toyota Camry at a high rate of speed southbound on South Mission when he apparently lost control of the vehicle while trying to negotiate a turn.

Santiago’s vehicle exited the roadway and traveled up a steep embankment, causing the car to roll onto its side and strike a wooden power pole.

The impact caused the roof to be sheared off the vehicle and tore the utility pole from the ground. As a result, high voltage power lines were brought to the ground.

South Mission was closed to through traffic for several hours as San Diego Gas & Electric workers restored power to the area.

The driver, confirmed dead at the scene by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers and paramedics, was ejected from the vehicle although he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of accident.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause of death was determined to be blunt force injury to the head.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the CHP.

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5 Responses to "Fatal accident on South Mission knocks out power, closes road"

  1. Sleepless   November 16, 2008 at 9:35 am

    What a shame. I am glad I was in bed and my kids were off the road! People please wake up and drive responsibly.

  2. Sad   November 16, 2008 at 9:35 am

    god bless you and may god be with you and you’re family. everyone has driven at a high rate of speed but no one deserves to be killed from it. anyone who says otherwise is a hyopcrite.

  3. Fallbrook driver   November 16, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I drive along that road alot! It sickens me to see how many people speed through this area! I constantly have cars "tail gating" me whenever I travel in either direction on Mission. I drive the speed limit, and still have drivers riding my bumper! I also see the other extreames. The drivers that drive 10 – 15 miles an hr UNDER the speed limit. They are a danger as well! Those are mostly the old drivers that probably shouldn’t be driving anyway!
    So people Start driving the speed limit and start paying attention. I also see a ton of people still on cell phones even though we now have a law about hands free. Drive safe!

  4. Another Fallbrook Driver   December 31, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I too drive Mission often and one of the things I see which is really scary is those drivers who decide to pass on the double yellow lines even though the traffic is moving at the posted speed limit. They don’t seem to care about anyone but themselves. My mother-in-law was the victim of one such person and nearly lost her foot as the engine was driven through the firewall. Her hip, arm, leg and ribs were broken; she will never be the same. I take dim view of these rude "above-the-law" drivers.

  5. live near there   October 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    i was awakened by the explosion that i will never forget.. the next morning i went down there and talked to one of the sdge workers who said the man was decapitated and the head was on one side of the road and the body on the other. it looked like he was going about 100 mph when he saw the turn and hit his brakes and slid out of control. I have lived near green canyon for about 30 years and i named this little section of mission blood alley because of all the deaths right here, so the message is dont drink and drive and dont haul butt there,, it is vrey dangerous little stretch of road… i am no saint and i no longer drink and drive, but i was on a motorcycle drunk one night there and i blacked out and hit a power pole on the other side,,, had a gash that took 2 hrs and over 100 stiches to close and am amazed i must have bounced off the pole cause of being so drunk…. thanks god for sparing me and anyone else i could have hit and for letting me know not to drink and drive rip this german santiago guy,,,,


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