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Transient killed in freak freeway wreck

February 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities released the name Friday of a transient killed when a car plunged off a North County freeway, tumbled down an embankment and struck him where he lay underneath some trees.Julius Turner Jr., 28, died at the scene of Thursday's accident alongside Interstate 15 in Escondido, according to the California Highway Patrol and county Medical Examiner's Office.

Turner was lying, apparently asleep, in a landscaped area next to the regional route when a southbound 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt -- whose driver told investigators he fell asleep at the wheel -- veered off the roadway near Ninth Avenue shortly before 1 p.m.

The sedan hit several road signs, caromed off a large boulder and became airborne, CHP public affairs Officer Eric Newbury said.

When the vehicle landed about 65 feet down the sloping roadside, it smashed into several trees and rolled over Turner, killing him instantly, Newbury said.

The wreck left the motorist, a 19-year-old San Marcos man, with a broken nose and some bumps and bruises.

Turner is survived by his father, who lives on Tanglewood Lane, less than a half-mile from the scene of the fatal accident.


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