Suspected drunken driver killed in wrong-way freeway crash

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SAN DIEGO — Two Pacific Northwest residents were recovering Friday from injuries they suffered in a Lakeside-area freeway collision caused by a suspected drunken driver who was killed in the wreck.

The accident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, when a 22-year-old San Diego woman drove the wrong way up an exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 8 to Los Coches Road in a silver 2002 Infiniti G20, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Near the top of the connector, the car smashed into an oncoming black 2015 Jeep Patriot, causing it to overturn and come to rest on its side in a median.

The driver of the Infiniti, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where she was pronounced dead about 9:15 p.m., the CHP reported. Her name was withheld pending family notification.

Emergency crews had to free the occupants of the Jeep — a 68-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman, both from Stanwood, Washington — from the crumpled vehicle. Medics took them to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa for treatment of minor to moderately serious injuries.

The accident forced a full closure of eastbound I-8 for about 45 minutes, according to the CHP.

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    • Mike

      Really Cris?! The girl was 22 years old and just beginning her life. EVERYONE makes mistakes, and unfortunately for her this one cost her life. This is a horrific tragedy and it would be great if you had some respect for everyone involved ESPECIALLY this time of year.

      • Anonymous

        Yes she was drunk. Yes that was stupid. Yes it cost her life for that dumb mistake. But she is still a person. I knew her, I also know her father. I used to be one of their bartenders. So freaking sad that this happened. Period. She was a sweet soul who ALWAYS had a smile on her face. Always cared about other people. And just wanted to be HAPPY. I don’t know her complete story, only some. But YOU don’t know her at all. She’s someone’s daughter, that will have to be buried the week of Christmas. So before you talk s$@t about a young girl, picture this as your daughter or your best friends daughter. Save the EVIL remarks for your FB page. God bless her family <3

        • Amanda

          Thank you so much. The drunk driver was my cousin Casey. She was so loving and we are hurting a lot. Thank you for this.

    • family friend.

      I don’t understand how someone could be so heartless. There isn’t a person in the world that I know who hasn’t driven AT LEAST ONCE under the influence of something. Learn statistics, 1 out of 3 people who share the road with you are under the influence of something! Even if I DIDNT know her I would never be as heartless as you especially during this time of the year. You’re an asshole.

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