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2 El Cajon residents die in crash that split car

LAKESIDE, Calif. – A man and a woman were killed Thursday and another woman sustained major injuries in a two-vehicle crash that split one of the cars in half.

The collision of a 1992 Honda sedan and a 2013 Porsche SUV happened about 6:25 a.m. on Wildcat Canyon Road near Willow Road, just north of El Capitan High School, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.

The fatally injured victims -- a 53-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, both of El Cajon -- were in the Honda, but it's unclear who was driving the car, according to the CHP.

The Honda was traveling southbound on Wildcat Canyon Road at a high speed when the driver allowed the sedan to veer right toward the west side of the roadway before turning back to the left and veering directly into the path of the northbound Porsche, Garrow said.

The Porsche collided with the passenger side of the Honda and the force of the impact split the car in half, Garrow said. The occupants of the Honda were thrown onto the roadway, he said.

The man was pronounced dead at the crash site and the woman was airlifted to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where she was later pronounced dead, Garrow said. Their names were withheld pending family notification.

The Porsche driver, a 43-year-old Santee woman, was also transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego with major injuries, Garrow said.

Investigators believe all vehicle occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, he said.

CHP officers closed northbound Wildcat Canyon Road at Willow Road and southbound Wildcat Canyon Road at Founders Way for the crash investigation and clean-up, Garrow said.