Single car accident sends El Centro man to hospital

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EL CENTRO – The California Highway Patrol released a traffic collision report on a single car accident that left an El Centro man injured.

Martin Moraga, 21, of El Centro was driving a 1997 Toyota 4 Runner at an unknown rate of speed in the #1 lane of State Route 7 southbound, south of Heber Road, on August 2, 2017, at approximately 1:34 a.m., according to the report.

Moraga reportedly allowed his vehicle to move into the dirt center divider separating the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 7. As the driver turned the steering wheel to the right to get back onto the roadway, it caused the Toyota to move across both southbound lane. Moraga’s turning movement then caused the Toyota to overturn an unknown number of times before coming to rest on its roof facing in a northerly direction approximately 100 feet west of Highway 7, the CHP release said.

Moraga reportedly extricated himself from his vehicle and then was air lifted to Desert Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries to his left shoulder. This collision remains under investigation, according to Investigating Officer Fowler of the CHP.