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The scene of a vehicle collision along Via Cantebria on Tuesday night. Image courtesy ABC10 News
The scene of a vehicle collision along Via Cantebria on Tuesday night. Image courtesy ABC10 News
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Driver dead after minivan crashes into wall in Encinitas

ENCINITAS — A female driver was killed on Tuesday night after her minivan collided with a retaining wall in the 500 block of Via Cantebria.

A preliminary investigation found that the woman was driving north on Via Cantebria just after 11:30 p.m. when her minivan left the road, collided with a pole or streetlight and then crashed into a retaining wall, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. 

Deputies from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station and paramedics rushed to help the driver, but she was found deceased in the driver’s seat, law enforcement said. She was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash. 

The scene of a fatal vehicle collision along Via Cantebria, where a female driver collided with a retaining wall on Tuesday night. Photo by Laura Place
The scene of a fatal vehicle collision along Via Cantebria after a female driver collided with a retaining wall on Tuesday night. Photo by Laura Place

It is unknown whether a medical emergency or drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, Sheriff’s officials said. 

According to Lt. Ryan Wisniewski, the Sheriff’s Department traffic accident reconstruction team will work to recreate the path of the collision to determine what happened. 

The woman’s identity has not been released pending notification of kin.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200 or the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station at (760) 966-3500. 

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