81-year-old man killed in Carmel Valley crash


Man was passenger in car that was T-boned by tow truck that ran red light, police said


An 81-year-old man was killed Sunday night, Oct. 6, when the SUV he was riding in was T-boned by a tow truck driver who ran a red light at a Carmel Valley intersection, police said.

The crash happened shortly before 9:40 p.m. at the intersection of Carmel Valley Road and El Camino Real, just east of Interstate 5, San Diego Police Officer John Buttle said.

A 72-year-old woman was driving a Honda CRV westbound on Carmel Valley Road when a 49-year-old tow truck driver heading southbound on El Camino Real ran a red light at the intersection and slammed into the right side of the Honda, Buttle said.

Del Mar resident Thomas Royden was fatally injured in the crash, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. He died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla just before midnight.

The driver of the Honda that Royden was riding in had a minor complaint of pain and was taken to a hospital, authorities said.

The tow truck driver was uninjured and remained at the scene to cooperate with officers. Buttle said intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash.

— Karen Kucher is a reporter for The San Diego Union Tribune

— City News Service contributed to this story