SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 37-year-old man was killed early Thursday when the SUV he was driving veered off a Sorrento Valley street at high speed and smashed into a retaining wall.
Joseph Ludwick of San Diego lost control of the westbound 2000 Ford Explorer on Sorrento Valley Boulevard shortly after 4:30 a.m., according to San Diego police and the county Medical Examiner's Office.
A patrol officer who happened to be in the area saw the black SUV crossing several sets of railroad tracks at Roselle Street without slowing, then heard a loud crash as it struck a wall alongside Interstate 5.
The officer found Ludwick, the sole occupant of the Explorer, pinned inside and not breathing. Emergency crews freed him, and medics pronounced him dead at the scene.