1 dead, 1 injured in rollover accident in Fallbrook
RAINBOW (CNS) - A truck's passenger was killed and its driver injured when the vehicle went off the road and rolled down a hill in the community of Rainbow near the San Diego-Riverside county line, authorities said Sunday.
The overturned truck was reported off the 1400 block of Rice Canyon Road near Rancho Taza Road shortly after 7:30 a.m., but it was unknown when the crash occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 1989 Toyota pickup truck, driven by Gregorio Ruiz, 46, of Rainbow, was headed north on Rice Canyon Road when it veered off the roadway, then "rolled down the dirt hill and rolled over onto its roof at the bottom of the embankment that borders the west roadway edge," CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said in a statement.
Medical personnel found Ruiz pinned in the wrecked truck, and the unrestrained passenger, a 52-year-old Rainbow man whose name was not immediately released, dead in the truck's cab, Bettencourt said.
Ruiz was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, the officer said.
Bettencourt said that alcohol was suspected in the crash, and Ruiz would face charges in connection with the passenger's death.
Rice Canyon Road was closed for about five hours for the investigation and the retrieval of the truck from the embankment, Bettencourt said.