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BOULEVARD, Calif. – The name of a 18-year-old Campo youth killed when his car crashed and fell into a deep canyon in East County was made public Sunday. James Robert Will was on his way to pick up his great-grandmother in Alpine in the early morning rain Friday. But he was killed when his car hit a bridge railing, spun and went off a bridge above La Posta Creek, just west of Boulevard.

Will was traveling on westbound Interstate 8 in an 2004 Acura TSX and lost control of the car, which crashed into a bridge railing along the right shoulder, spun into the center median and launched down an embankment according to the CHP.

The car rolled several times as it careened down a hill, ejecting Will, who was not wearing a seatbelt.

The CHP said an officer responded to the wreckage at about 1 p.m. Friday. Will had been scheduled to pick up his great-grandmother at 6 a.m. and his family was searching the roue for the overdue youth.

No one else was in the car and there were no other injuries.

His name was released Sunday by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.