David Norman Reid died when his Dodge Caravan was struck head-on by a Ford Mustang believed to have been going about 80 mph when its 18-year-old driver veered onto the wrong side of the road about 4:20 p.m. Friday, the
California Highway Patrol said.
Reid's 17-year-old son, a passenger in the minivan and a student at Steele Canyon High School, suffered what CHP Officer Brian Penning called major injuries.
Rescuers tried to revive the elder Reid at the scene, but were unable to save him, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.
Authorities said Andrew Bellatti of La Mesa, a former star pitcher at Steele Canyon High, was at fault in the collision. Pennings said there was no indication that alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.
Bellatti was drafted last year by the Tampa Bay Ray's minor league Gulf Coast team, as a pitcher, according to the team Web site.
The CHP said Bellatti was driving a red 2007 Mustang west on Campo Road when it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and struck Reid's Caravan.
The Caravan ended up on the south side of the road in some bushes. Officers found the wrecked Mustang's speedometer stuck at 80 mph, according to the CHP.
Bellatti was taken to a hospital for possible major injuries. His 16- year-old female passenger, identified only as a Steele Canyon High student, also was hospitalized with major injuries.