Fatal Car Crash in Valley Center

July 31, 2012

Manuel Quintana, a 23-year-old Valley Center man, was fatally injured when the vehicle he was a passenger in crashed into a telephone pole on Valley Center Road. The accident occurred Saturday, July 28th, at 10:47 p.m. Quintana was in the front passenger seat of a 2004 Toyota Scion XB Hatchback that was driven by Salvador Leon, 30, of Valley Center. The Scion was traveling east on Valley Center Road near Queensbridge Road when Leon lost control of the vehicle. Authorities reported alcohol is believed to be involved. Several beer cans were discovered at the scene.

Leon and a additional passenger in the vehicle, a 23-year-old man from Pauma suffered moderate injuries and were taken to a hospital.

Accidents as tragic as this one are an awful reminder of the importance of not drinking and driving. We also urge you to practice extra precaution while driving late at night.  {source: UT San Diego}