Authorities have released the name of the 23-year-old Carlsbad resident whose car slammed into a light post on southbound El Camino Real at the intersection of Levante Street just before 3 p.m. Thursday. Brittany Pursell, who would have turned 24 next month, was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon after being airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.
Carlsbad Police Sgt. Kevin Lehan said Pursell "was traveling in the bike lane at a high rate of speed, struck the pole and was ejected." When medics arrived on scene, she was unconscious.
The 2007 white Volkswagen Jetta was engulfed in flames, and firefighters worked to put out the blaze. Pursell was the only occupant of the vehicle.
The cause of the solo car crash is under investigation.