Body of missing Lyft driver found in Mission Valley

SAN DIEGO — A body found in dense vegetation alongside a Mission Valley freeway connector this week is that of a Lyft driver from North Park whose wrecked SUV was found in the same area early this month, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

The body of 32-year-old David Bernal-Medina was discovered shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday near the onramp from westbound Interstate 8 to I-805, a short distance from where his crashed red 2016 GMC Terrain had been located on April 6, according to San Diego police.

Bernal-Medina had suffered severe upper-body trauma, officials said. His death was not considered suspicious.

Bernal-Medina apparently crashed his SUV after leaving a friend’s home in La Mesa early on the day the vehicle was found, authorities said.