2 die when speeding car crashes, burns

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Two men were fatally injured in a single-vehicle crash on a curving Escondido roadway early Sunday.

The 24-year-old driver of a speeding silver 1999 Toyota Corolla apparently veered off a slight curve on eastbound Bear Valley Parkway approaching Canyon Road shortly after 3 a.m., Escondido police Lt. Justin Murphy said.

The car struck a signal light post and caught fire, according to Murphy.

Police and firefighters arrived to find the car in flames, extinguished the blaze and extricated the 23-year-old passenger, identified by police as Angel Ramirez of Escondido, Murphy said. The car’s driver, who has yet to be publicly identified, was found dead.

Ramirez was taken to Palomar Medical Center to be treated for “severe traumatic injuries,” Murphy said. He was pronounced dead shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities closed Bear Valley Parkway from Las Palmas to Mary Lane following the crash, but police said lanes had been reopened about 7:30 a.m.

Murphy said investigators believed speed was a factor in the crash, but it was unclear if alcohol was involved as well.

He asked anyone with information on the crash to call police at (760) 839-4424 or (760) 743-8477.


    • jessica

      What a jackass statement to make ron. Angel was a awesome guy. Only someone with no heart would say something like that. He will be missed by many……

      • Mack

        He got exactly what he was asking for. Awesomeguys don’t fly down the road and put other people in danger. Screw him, and screw you.

  • Romel Reid

    These were two people who were loved and will be missed. It’s a sad soul that would say something mean and rude like the previous comment. Hopefully karma doesn’t treat you the way you speak of others.

  • Allison Wadsworth

    they were loved and will be missed. Saying something so cruel while others are in mourning is ridiculous. Have some respect.

  • Melissa

    God gained two wonderful angels! They will forever be remembered and missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families .

    Negative comments should be kept to themselves!!

  • Vicente

    So “Ron” what have you personally done to make this country better? I’m sure your descendants migrated here making them illegal… Stop being so ignorant and educate yourself.

    Francisco you will be missed allot, always smiling and looking forward about the future but you are now in a better place although your you are now here with us in flesh and blood, your spirit will continue in our hearts for all those who had the privilege to get to know you. Dale un abrazo a Jesús de mi parte;) come find me in the Millenium;)!!!

  • Edgardo

    His heart and soul really are in a better place. And his laughter and love will continue to live with all of us. He was a hard worker and a very honest man. He’s at peace now and one day well be able to join him again. Until then r.i.p. friend.

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