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."
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.