Driver suffers seizure before deadly El Cajon crash
EL CAJON, Calif. — A woman suffered from a medical emergency while driving, careened down the Interstate 8 offramp and caused a pileup on an East County freeway offramp that left a man dead, an officer said.
A half-dozen vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction series of crashes on the exit from eastbound Interstate 8 to West Main Street in El Cajon shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A 47-year-old San Diego woman suffered some type of medical emergency, possibly a seizure, while behind the wheel of a 2004 Lexus SUV, which careened down the ramp at a high rate of speed and sideswiped a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck stopped at a red light, CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein said.
The out-of-control Lexus then rear-ended a Toyota Prius and a Dodge Ram, which were also stopped at the red light, he said.
Pearlstein said the Prius was “violently propelled forward” and struck the back of a Ford Ranger stopped directly in front of it, causing the pickup truck to overturn. It then continued into the intersection and collided with a northbound BMW sedan.
Hector Nambo, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.