SAN DIEGO - It was a toddler and her grandmother who were killed by a suspected drunken driver early Saturday morning on Interstate 15 in Mira Mesa, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office revealed today.
Lina Pelembergo Nebrida, 64, and Keira Magat, 2, both of Temecula, were in a sedan that was hit by a suspected drunken driver at 1:50 a.m. and then disabled in southbound traffic lanes approaching Scripps Poway Parkway in Mira Mesa. They were in the process of moving to a new residence in Chula Vista, the medical examiner's office reported.
Nebrida, Magat and Magat's 5-year-old sister were riding in the back seat of a Honda sedan, while the girls' mother was driving south on the freeway. CHP officers said she called 911 for help from the disabled car.
It was rear ended by a Cadillac CTS being driven by Grant Thoren, 31, of Vista, who left the crash scene, according to the CHP.
It was hit again from behind by a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck before help could arrive, according to the medical examiner.
The Honda driver and her 5-year-old daughter, also from Temecula, were taken to Sharp Memorial and Rady Children's Hospitals, respectively, with major injuries, according to CHP Officer Mary Bailey.
The driver of the Honda was identified as Jasmine Magat on a GoFundMe page that was established late Saturday to help with funeral expenses.
"This GoFundMe page is dedicated to provide financial aid for Jasmine Magat's family, on the recent, tragic, loss of her mother, and daughter from a DUI, hit-and-run, accident," the page said under photos of the two deceased victims.
"All contributions from this page will go towards supplementing their funeral expenses and other financial needs during this very difficult time."
A goal of $10,000 was set by the family members who set up the page. More than $1,000 had been raised by 15 donors in the first 14 hours of the page's existence.
The page is called the Magat Family by Rudy Avens on behalf of Ann Arbilo.
A 24-year-old woman from San Diego who was riding in the pickup truck, she was taken to Sharp Memorial with a complaint of pain. The pickup's driver was not injured, according to Bailey.
Thoren was arrested at his Vista home at about 7:15 a.m. and booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of two counts of murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run with injury, and two counts of driving under the influence of drugs with injury, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's jail booking web site.
Thoren was held without bail on suspicion of several probation violations, including three prior convictions of possession of a controlled substance, petty theft and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
He was scheduled to be arraigned in Vista Superior Court on Tuesday, according to the jail site.
The wreckage, which was deemed a crime scene by the CHP, caused a SigAlert in the area for hours. Southbound traffic was diverted into the HOV lanes, Bailey said.