3 people die in crashes on I-15 over weekend

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SAN DIEGO — Authorities Monday released the names of three people killed in two separate crashes on Interstate 15 in northeastern San Diego over the weekend.

Rodolfo E. De la Torre, 55, and Teresa Esparza Hernandez, 84, both of Escondido, died in the first of the crashes on Saturday morning, a wrong-way collision involving a 21-year-old alleged drunken driver.

De la Torre, Hernandez and three others were in a 2004 Honda Civic that was struck by a 2004 Audi A4 traveling the wrong way on Interstate 15 near Mercy Road about 3:10 a.m., according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.

The Honda’s three other occupants were injured in the crash, as was the Audi’s 21-year-old driver, the CHP reported.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, 37-year-old Jose Maria Garrido Capistran of San Diego was killed in a rollover crash on northbound Interstate 15.

The van in which he was a passenger collided with a pickup truck near Rancho Bernardo Road. Capistran was ejected from the van and died at the scene, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office and the CHP.

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