April 28, 2012 (Valley Center) – A Sheriff’s pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Valley Center ended in a head-on crash resulting in multiple injuries and death of a man who has not yet been identified.
On April 25 shortly after 9 a.m., San Diego Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a stolen 2007 Ford Focus with three people inside, but it failed to yield. A high-speed chase ensued, reaching speeds of 80 mph, the Valley Roadrunner reports.
The stolen vehicle crossed over the center median on Valley Center Road north of Lilac Road, traveling southbound in the northbound lane. Soon after heading into ongoing traffic, the vehicle crashed head-on into a 2003 Subaru Forest.
The driver of the Subaru, a 76-year old woman, sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Sharp Memorial Hospital.
A passenger in the stolen vehicle sustained fatal injuries and was declared dead at a hospital shortly after the accident. According to the San Diego Medical Examiner, the body is a Hispanic man in his 30s. Identification will be attempted with fingerprint comparisons.
Jose Najara, 33, driver of the stolen Ford Focus, was transported to Palomar Hospital with major injuries but is expected to survive and face charges of vehicular manslaughter, vehicle theft, parole violations and felony evasion of arrest.