4 killed in crash after speeding driver runs red light

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SAN DIEGO - A motorist in a speeding Acura ran a red light Sunday and crashed into a van, killing four people inside his car, police said.

The crash happened at Industrial Boulevard and Main Street, near Chula Vista, around 2 a.m. Sunday.  The Acura was speeding southbound on Industrial Boulevard when it ran a red light at Main Street and struck a westbound Honda Odyssey van occupied by five people, Battrick said.

“I heard just a muffled bang, but I think I felt it more than I heard it," said Niko Alonzo, a neighbor.

"The inertia from the car, the continuing force as it was traveling at such a great speed, struck the light standard and sheered it in half," said Sgt. Leonard Flake with the San Diego Police Department. "It appears as though two to three were ejected from the car and are in some form of disarray."Capture

Three people in the Acura were ejected and later died at a hospital, he said. Another person in the Acura died at the scene. Two people in the van were injured.

A family member identified one of the victims as 18-year-old Karla Chavez. He said they are planning a Sunday night candlelight vigil on scene at 7 p.m.

A fifth person from that Acura is recovering in the hospital in critical condition.

"We all feel sorry for what happened. A dumb decision from the kids, yes, definitely. Especially the driver. But things happen you know for whatever reason, God’s will or the devil,” said Cesar Fimbres, a friend of one of the victims. "We’re getting feedback from his mom that (he) is awake... he might not walk (again), but that’s what we have."

An investigation to determine if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash was underway.

24 comments

  • hector

    I see too many people racing or speeding in Chula Vista streets I contacted city of Chula Vista for speed bumps on the area that i live and they told me I have to paid for it if I want them.

    • David Darby

      Why must we all suffer with those miserable speed bumps? How about more traffic tickets, higher insurance for those tickets, and confiscated cars?

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  • Esmeralda Flores

    Speed bumps are needed every were, until people learn to drive like you have to drive, I can’t exit my driveway or even take a walk around my street due to drivers that think it’s a speed zone. My kid’s can’t ride their bikes because someone thinks it’s easier to take the little streets and avoid traffic and speed like no one else is around. So if raising insurance prices is what is going to make speeders stop speeding then raise them but in the meanwhile people get killed and ran down. Yeah right speed bumps 💯👍and if I have to pay for the speed bumps them I’ll have everyone chip in and pay up.

  • Val

    This asshole was flying on the freeway almost hitting me and a mustang in front of me I’ve never seen someone drive this carelessly and crazy it scared me I knew something was gonna happen with him driving like that

  • The great white pedophile

    Oh well! Young and moronic either gets you by unscathed or 6 ft under. Sorry for the innocent family in the van. They will move on well these idiots paid the ultimate price

    • Wendy

      Just stop being ignorant and negative for a moment this were people goddess if you are not saying nothing nice don’t post please that why the world is the way it is be cause people like you don’t give a shit about people they don’t know because if you would of known them you wouldn’t be talking like this or think about the last person who died close (mom dad sister brother friends)to you never thought ( idiot pay the ultimate price) next time when you are driving make sure you look your self in the mirror thanks

  • Cris Stevens

    Every time I’m in Chula Vista I encounter MANY idiots like these speeding through red lights and freeways or constantly tailgating! Too bad for the innocent people in the van, but nice to know there will be one less idiotic driver on the road next time I’m in CV.

  • Mary Connel

    The people in the Acura were leaving a house party where obvious underage drinking was occurring. The irresponsible homeowner should be held accountable as well. There’s way too much underage drinking in Chula Juana these days!

  • Bernie Walker

    I totally agree with Mary. Chula Juana (I mean Vista) has too much underage drinking and driving these days. I’ve lived here for over 60 years and these streets have become polluted with irresponsible and disrespectful scum from I don’t know where….?!?These people drive like they think they’re still in TJ and seem to think our legal drinking age is 18 as well…. Well it’s not! When my granddaughter attended what’s become Tijuana TECH (formerly Southwestern College) she’d tell me she has close calls almost daily with idiots like this stellar group. Something really needs to be done ASAP!!! Mr. Trump?????

    • jonas

      You sound like somebody who has lived 60 years too long. Face it, you live in a city/state that has become populated by its original residents of sorts – deal with it or move out with your bitchassness.

      It’s unfortunate for all involved, some dumb choices were made, but dont paint all of Chula Vista with a bigot’ly broad brush.

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  • Capt. don. t

    CV has problems, but law enforcement can’t properly address those problems because then they’re “racist.”

    Typical: You want us to do something about it, bit you don’t want us really to do anything about it.

    These incident will continue because, frankly, the cops know when and where they’re not wanted.

    We’ll just continue to show up and put crime scene tape up and put sand on the blood stains…

  • Mystique

    No doubt the driver was wasted. I don’t feel bad for him just his family and when will people learn do not get in the car with someone who has been drinking. Feel bad for there loved ones. As for the driver…. What a POS loser!!!! Too bad he had to take those kids with him!!!!!!! And no I do not feel bad for my statement. I truly hate people who drink and drive!!!!

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    • Estaban Julio Ricardo Montoya De La Rosa Ramirez

      why you gotta said that ese?? we just like it the cerveza a lil to much sometimes.

  • Daniel Castro

    So sad. What I’m commenting about is the state of this sad world we live in when a tragedy like this happen how the lowest people in society comes out of their caves to comment . Pathetic.

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