23-Year-Old Killed in El Camino Real Car Wreck Identified

Police say Brittany Pursell's car burst into flames after she was ejected from it at the intersection of El Camino Real and Levante Street.

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.

Michael E Brown June 17, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Poles are not intended to break away.....I"m glad that she did not kill others in her pursuit of what ever @ at high rate of speed and driving in the bike lane!! People wake up and smell the roses..........it was her fault and no one should even attempt to defer responsibility from her!! I'm sorry for her poor decision making and I'll pray for her family...
Michael E Brown June 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM
No one knew what God's plan for Brittany was and now she leaves us with empty questions. Why was she speeding, was there a problem with her car, was there other reasons for the "rush" down the highway. There has only been 1 perfect person ever on this planet and he was killed more than 2000 years ago for our sins. When I read stories about young people, especially young women, I am reminded of my loss more than 40 years ago in another tragic automobile accident. She was a beautiful girl who's only mistake was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. What ever was the cause, she's gone and I hope that she had a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If not, then that is a bigger tragedy.
ken sutherland June 24, 2011 at 07:04 PM
wow....that is just plain wrong.....my heart goes out to her friends and family.....hopefully all the truth will come out soon to help heal....as for the 'light pole' controversy....that pole looks like it would spit just about anything...I agree with Thomas and feel that anything that improves highway safety needs to be looked at...El Camino is a Racetrack and in Oceanside it is HEAVILY patrolled. There are numerous reasons why a car could be traveling at a high rate of speed on any large street like that...most due to driver negligence...but until all the facts come out there is a certain amount of discovery here. A breakaway pole would not have ripped that car to shreds and who knows what else. Buckle up....kiss your loved ones EVERY time they walk out the door.....
Lau Thomas June 29, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Thank you everyone who commented and thank you Patch for giving the community a forum to discuss this horrific event. While I was reading all the comments, it reminded me of how each of our actions and reactions have consequences--from speeding to jumping to conclusions. I appreciate that people took the time to give their input. Bless us all.
Austin Williams August 19, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Brittany was my best and closest childhood friend. I'll always love you!


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