A three-vehicle crash on a rural road between Escondido and Rancho Santa Fe killed a 28-year-old man Friday and left four other people injured.
The wreck on Harmony Grove Road in Elfin Forest took place about 7:40 a.m., when a westbound Subaru WRX drifted into an eastbound lane near Wild Willow Hollow Road for unknown reasons, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The sedan sideswiped an oncoming Toyota Prius, then crashed head-on into a Toyota Highlander SUV, causing it to overturn, CHP public affairs Officer Mark Latulippe said.
The driver of the Subaru, a Chula Vista resident, died at the scene.
The 38-year-old Carlsbad man behind the wheel of the Highlander escaped with minor injuries, as did his three passengers — a 26-year-old man and two women, ages 34 and 38, all from San Marcos. Medics treated them at the scene.
The driver of the Prius, a 49-year-old San Marcos man, was unhurt.
The accident left the two-lane road northwest of Lake Hodges closed for cleanup and investigation into the afternoon, Latulippe said.