Suspected drunk drivers arrested in deadly Vista crash

VISTA, Calif. — A woman was killed in a 2:15 a.m. crash on state Route 78 Sunday, when she weaved into a single-vehicle crash, was ejected onto the freeway, and two cars driven by allegedly drunken drivers smashed into the wreckage.

The freeway was closed by California Highway Patrol officers much of the morning.

Dispatchers first received a report of the crash on westbound state Route 78 at Mar Vista Drive around 2:15 a.m.

A 33-year-old woman behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla was driving and  drifted into the dirt to the right, then veered back left across four traffic lanes and into the center divider, CHP Officer Mark Latulippe said.

The car came to rest in the divider and the far left lane, where it was struck by another car, a Scion XB driven by a 54-year-old San Marcos man, Latulippe said. The force of that crash pushed the Corolla onto its side in the two right lanes, and ejected the woman into the left lane.

The Scion XB stopped in the left lane, where it was then rear-ended by a Scion XC, Latulippe said.

The woman died at the scene. The driver of the Scion XB sustained major injuries.

The 38-year-old man from San Marcos, and his two passengers in the Scion XC, sustained only minor injuries.

The drivers of both Scions were suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident, Latulippe said.

shut down all westbound lanes of the 78 Freeway at Sycamore Avenue, forcing drivers to take surface streets. The freeway was still closed as of 12 p.m., and was expected to remain so until 2 p.m., Latulippe said.