Ardeshir Tooraji Arrested in Fatal Head-on Crash on Harmony Grove Road [Escondido, CA]
Ardeshir Tooraji Arrested, Four Injured after Fatal Escondido Car Accident
ESCONDIDO, CA (February 3, 2020) – Officials arrested 38-year-old Ardeshir Tooraji of Carlsbad after a fatal crash on about 7:40 a.m. on Friday, January 31.
The accident occurred on Harmony Grove Road in Elfin Forest when a westbound sedan went into an eastbound lane near Wild Willow Hollow Road. It reportedly happened due to excessive speed, California Highway Patrol said.
The sedan then sideswiped an oncoming Toyota Prius. After that, it collided head-on into a Toyota Highlander. The impact caused the SUV to flip over, CHP public-affairs Officer Mark Latulippe said.
The 28-year-old male driver and sole occupant of the Subaru, a Chula Vista resident, died at the scene. His identity is withheld pending family notification.
The man behind the wheel of the Highlander — Ardeshir Tooraji, escaped with minor injuries. His three passengers, a 26-year-old man, and two women, ages 34 and 38, all from San Marcos also sustained minor injuries. Medics gave them treatments at the scene.
The driver of the Prius, a 49-year-old San Marcos man, did not suffer any injuries.
During the investigation, CHP personnel determined that the Highlander was stolen and detained the four occupants. After questioning, officers arrested Tooraji on suspicion of auto theft and possession of the stolen property.
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