No Seat Belt on Woman Who Died in Thursday's Fiery Crash

Flowers have been left at the traffic light where 23-year-old Brittany Pursell was killed.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office reports 23-year-old  of Carlsbad was not restrained by a seat belt when she lost control of her car on Thursday and crashed into a light pole.

Pursell, who would have turned 24 on July 2, was ejected from her car after the vehicle struck a traffic-light pole and burst into flames. Her 2007 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling south on El Camino Real at the intersection with Levante Street. She was airlifted to Scripps La Jolla, where she died that afternoon from multiple blunt force injuries. 

Carlsbad Police ordered a routine toxicology test which will be back in a couple of weeks. 

Ann Zevely June 15, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Breaks my heart each time I read about Brittany. To think that a simple act could have resulted in a different outcome. Although this was a violent crash and a safety belt may not have made a difference, we will never know.
Emma Kolpin June 15, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Im at a loss for words. Brittany was my bestfriend in highschool and I wish this wasnt true. After looking at the photos, I think it would have been ALOT worse if she had her seat belt on and stayed in the car unconscious. The car went up in flames very quick. That would have been horrible. She is in a better place now. Happy, no struggles. I will miss her dearly forever. I love you Brittany.


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