PERRIS, Calif. -- An unbelted, 24-year-old pickup driver was thrown from the truck and killed Wednesday when he lost control of the vehicle on northbound Escondido (215) Freeway, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
Randall Hayes died in the single-vehicle crash reported at 3:54 a.m. near state Route 74 offramp, according to the CHP.
Hayes was driving his 2004 Ford F-150 in the No. 1 at about 70 mph when he lost control of his truck, CHP Officer Ron Thatcher said.
The truck hit the center divider and skidded across the top of it for a "considerable distance" before overturning and coming to rest on the northbound side, Thatcher said.
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Hayes, however, was ejected and landed on the shoulder of southbound lanes, he said.
Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident, Thatcher said.