Police said a young man was arrested on suspicion of running away from the scene after he apparently lost control of his car and crashed into a valley in Paradise Hills, killing an 18-year-old female passenger.
San Diego Police Officer Dino Delmetros said the accident occurred just before 1:45 a.m. near the intersection of Paradise Canyon and Munda Roads east of Interstate 805.
Delimitros said that a 19-year-old man was driving a Mercedes in 1992 heading west on Paradise Valley Road with four passengers on board when he lost control while turning towards the southern Munda Road.
The officer said that the car got off the road and entered the valley, adding that all five people in the car were able to get off and climb onto the street.
Delimitros said an 18-year-old female passenger sustained internal injuries and was taken to hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Her name has been withheld pending notification to the family.
He said that the car driver fled the scene but was found hiding in the nearby jungle and was arrested on suspicion of felony bump and run. The driver’s name was not immediately available.