Wrong-way driver accused of causing I-52 fatal crash

SANTEE, Calif. –  A woman driving the wrong-way on a freeway crashed her pickup truck head-on into a car, fatally injuring the driver, and remained in jail, California Highway Patrol officers said.

The victim was identified as Jayme Alan Midlam, 25, of the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego. April Thompson, 23, of National City, was jailed after the 12:58 a.m. on State Route 52 east of Mast Boulevard, a CHP dispatcher said.

Midlam was driving his white 1972 Volkswagen Beetle east on Route 52 approaching Mast Boulevard when his car was destroyed by a Chevy 2500 pickup truck heading west in the eastbound lanes, the county Medical Examiner said.

“The victim of the Volkswagen was fatally injured on impact,” according to CHP dispatch. “Thomas suffered moderate injuries and was placed under arrest after being treated at Sharp Memorial Hospital.”

Midlam was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thompson was booked into Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility after being released from a hospital. Traffic was rerouted via the Mast Boulevard exit following the crash, which closed eastbound Route 52 for several hours.