LA MESA, Calif. - A father from La Mesa was killed in a single-vehicle crash that caused a major traffic backup on a freeway in La Mesa Sunday.
Charles Benjamin Dillaha, 33, died in the crash that happened after 9 a.m. on westbound state Route 94, directly under a ramp to state Route 125, a California Highway Patrol dispatcher said.
Dilhalla was in the slow lane of the 94 when he lost control of his vehicle and it struck a concrete barrier, ejecting him.
Witnesses pulled over and attempted to give him CPR. Paramedics arrived and continued CPR, but were unable to revive Dilhalla, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three lanes of Route 94 were blocked, and a Sigalert was issued for the area.
Friends and family posted to social media Sunday saying Chuck will be missed.
"You have no idea how much you will be missed Chuck Dillaha!!!! You impacted so many people. Thank you for being one of the very best friends I’ve ever had. 20+ years went by too fast. I love you so much chucky. I still can’t believe this is true. #RaceInLoveBigHomie" Tiffany Tirado stated.
"Such a tragedy losing such a young man this morning. Was a very humble genuine good person. My heart goes out to his family and close friends. Prayers out to everyone who knew this beautiful young man. If anyone knew him he was always the type of guy you could approach and have a conversation with never left you out was always such a friendly guy. You will definitely be missed. Wish I could have known u for so much longer but the time I did know you will never be forgotten Chuck D. Love goes out to your family. To all of those who knew him please slow down drive safe because were here today but tomorrow is not pormised. Much Love Mi Gente," Josue Meza posted.
Dillaha was a graduate of Helix High School and a father to a son who lives in Texas.
A GoFundMe account was set up to help with funeral costs.