78-Year-Old Female Passenger Killed in Head-On Collision on Valley Center Road

VALLEY CENTER, CA (March 21, 2022) – Tuesday, Mary Ellen Plount was killed and two were seriously hurt in a head-on crash on Lilac Road.

The collision took place about a mile north of Valley Center Road around 5:50 p.m.

For reasons unknown, a 62-year-old man was driving an eastbound gray Lexus ES 350 sedan when he drifted into the westbound lane on Lilac Road. Consequently, the Lexus collided head-on with a Chevrolet Bolt driven by a 73-year-old man.

Due to the impact of the collision, medics transported a 78-year-old female passenger to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. However, crews pronounced Plount dead as she was in the ambulance.

Meanwhile, paramedics transported both drivers to Palomar Medical Center with major but non-life-threatening injuries.

A preliminary investigation revealed that drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the crash. Although, further circumstances leading up to the collision are currently being investigated.


The team at Sweet James sends out their warm and sincerest sympathies go out to the friends and family of Mary Ellen Plount. May the memories of your loved one give you strength in the days ahead.


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