DUI suspected in fatal head-on crash in Coronado

CORONADO, Calif. - Alcohol may be to blame in a crash that killed one person and hurt six others in Coronado early Sunday morning, authorities said.

At 12:23 a.m., a Jeep heading north on Silver Strand State Highway drove over the median near Pomona Avenue at a high rate of speed, striking two vehicles in the southbound lanes, police said.

Coronado police said the person that died was a passenger inside a Honda SUV with four other people inside, including two children.  One person in a Kia was also injured, and the driver of the Jeep was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

“Looking out of my window seeing that car smash. We knew somebody died and the noise woke us up,” said Judy Jerzy of Coronado.

“The Honda and the KIA were both going southbound very close to each other. When [the Jeep] crossed over neither one of them had any time to avoid the collision,” said Coronado police Sgt. Eric Hima.

Police say this is the largest collision they’ve seen in the area in a long time. It resulted in street closures through 9 a.m.

Police did not release the identities of anyone involved.

Anyone with information regarding the collision was encouraged to contact the Coronado Police Department at 619-522-7350.