3 killed, 1 hurt in crashes minutes apart in North County

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SAN DIEGO — Officers say three people were killed and a fourth person was seriously hurt Sunday in two crashes that happened minutes apart in Ramona.

The California Highway Patrol said a driver and passenger were killed in a crash near the intersection of San Vicente and Wildcat Canyon roads just after 5 p.m.

Officers said a white Chevrolet Camaro was speeding eastbound on San Vicente west of Wildcat Canyon Road when the car went across the double yellow center lines and off the north edge of the road. The Camaro hit several trees and caught fire, killing the driver and passenger, CHP said.

A second crash was reported on State Route 78 minutes earlier. Officers said two motorcyclists were westbound on SR-78 west of State Route 79 when one motorcycle veered to the right and hit a big rock on the side of the road. The motorcyclist was ejected onto the roadway.

Immediately after the crash, the second motorcyclist traveled over the yellow center lines and into SR-78’s eastbound lanes, directly in the path of a 2003 Ford Focus. CHP said the front of the Focus hit the motorcycle head on, ejecting the motorcyclist onto the roadway. 

One of the motorcyclists suffered serious injuries and was flown to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. CHP said the second motorcyclist died at the scene. Both were wearing helmets.

The 71-year-old driver of the Ford had minor injuries and two passengers in the car were unhurt. CHP is investigating what led to the crashes. Victims’ identities have not yet been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP El Cajon area office at 619-401-2000.   

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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