21-year-old dies after head-on crash involving teens leaving football game

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SAN DIEGO — A 21-year-old University of San Diego student has been identified as the second person who died following a head-on crash not far from Kearny High School on Friday.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said Haley Takeda’s 2020 Mazda 3 was hit head-on on Genesee Avenue in Linda Vista by a 2010 Toyota Camry driven by 17-year-old Marc Anthony George III just before 11 p.m. Friday night. The teen allegedly side-swiped another car before hitting Takeda’s.

First responders said the Toyota and a Nissan sedan, each carrying young people leaving a football game, were “either racing or accelerating up the street” when the Toyota lost control, side-swiped the Nissan and crashed into Takeda’s oncoming Mazda.

The medical examiner said Takeda and George both died at hospitals on Saturday. Seven others were hurt.

USD sent a message to students Sunday announcing plans to honor Takeda Monday. Carmen Vazquez, vice president for student affairs, described Takeda as an active Torero and senior who was studying international business, Spanish and business analytics.

She was a member of USD’s dance team, the International Business Club and the Student International Business Council. She also served as chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, the university said.

“Our prayers are with Haley and her family during this difficult time,” Vazquez said in the USD statement. “It is my hope that each of you will join me in prayerful support of her family and those who grieve her death.”

Prayers will be offered for Takeda, her family and friends during a 12:15 p.m. mass Monday. A livestream is available for the public.

The university said grief counselors and support are available for students through the Counseling Center at 619-260-4655. The University Ministry team is another resource that can be contacted at universityministry@sandiego.edu.

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