Driver who caused fatal wrong-way crash was suicidal

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Fatal Wrong Way Crash

A wrong-way car collided with another vehicle on
eastbound state Route 78 in San Marcos Monday , killing both drivers, the
California Highway Patrol reported.

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — A suicidal San Marcos woman deliberately drove the wrong way on Highway 78 and caused a head-on crash that killed herself and the other driver, authorities said.

Yi Liu, 48, suffered from depression and committed suicide early Monday morning on eastbound Highway 78, near San Marcos Boulevard, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Liu drove her 1997 Nissan Maxima head on into a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser around 3 a.m., the Medical Examiner’s Office reported. The driver of the PT Cruiser was identified as Maria Guadalupe Vargas Lopez, 38, of Escondido.

Both driver were pronounced dead upon arrival at Palomar Medical Center, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

At the time of the crash, Vargas Lopez, a single mother, was delivering newspapers for U-T San Diego. She was an independent contractor who had just picked up her load of newspapers at a distribution center in San Marcos, U-T San Diego reported.


  • Jill

    I know that the poor woman was suicidal, but was it necessary for her to murder an innocent single mother? That is just all kinds of selfish and wrong. Now what happens to that woman's child? Horrible.

  • Graham

    It's not right that the UT has her as an independent! Pay a lilving wage and benefits to your paper delivery people ….Manchester a multimillionaire should be ashamed.

    Sorry to hear of Ms. Lopez tragic death. Is there a fund set up for her family? Please let you readers know.

    • antonio vargas

      Hi graham this is Antonio Vargas the brother of the single mother victim yes we are going to be opening an account in the next day for my sister and her kids you may hear the details from NBC news provable tomorrow if you follow and thank your for your concern and support ATT the Vargas family

  • Teresa

    The suicidal woman should have drove into a tree and killed herself! Rather than killing an inocent loving woman who loved life and her kids and who worked hard to give her children all she could!

  • Goober

    No pity for this woman. She can burn in hell for selfishly killing another and forever making their lives sad.

  • Just Saying

    Not to be an ass but tell me something gun haters. Would it have been better if she ate a bullet instead of taking out an innocent woman?

    My heart goes out to the victim of this woman's selfish act.

    • Try Again

      no one hates guns you dimwit. It's what people do with them, in a society where there's no control over them, that is what is disliked.

      • Just Saying

        There are plenty of people that actually do hate guns and everything about them. Unfortunately they will never be truly controlled so the solution would be to address other avenues such as mental issues.

      • Just Saying

        Of course it would have been better but since she wanted to end her life wouldn't it be better for one person to make that choice for themselves instead of making the choice for a complete stranger?

        So sorry for your loss Antonio.

  • abec

    Contact valley center high school. I heard they were setting up something there due to the victims daughter that attends that high school..

  • Judge Dredd

    All grief for the perpetrators family aside, this woman was a murderer, plain and simple. Knowingly and willingly took someone's life for her own ends. If she hadn't died, I'd be content with seeing her in prison for a long, long time.

  • antonio

    thank you all for your understanding on my sister's dead i know that that king of people and there families should deserve the worst in live since they had all the chance to take care of them and fail by doing it they are as guilty as the murder because that's what she was since she kill some one totally innocent and apart from her problems ATT Antonio Vargas brother of the victim

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