Site of deadly head-on crash could use some changes, residents say


Some residents say the Interstate 8 offramp in Ocean Beach can be confusing for drivers not familiar with area.

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SAN DIEGO -- Some residents of Ocean Beach want upgrades in traffic flow and signage where Interstate 8 ends at Sunset Cliffs and Nimitz boulevards, following a deadly head-on collision.

An unidentified 22-year-old Escondido man was leaving Ocean Beach early Sunday morning and accidentally entered westbound lanes of I-8 traveling east, investigators said.  He ended up colliding with an on-coming vehicle. Both drivers died and two others were injured.

Some people who live near the crash site told FOX5 the driver probably got confused with the interchange.

"You get down to the end of the road where it splits and it can be a little confusing... I can see how that would happen if they missed getting on the eastbound lane going on," said Robin Evans, an Ocean Beach resident.

The area in question does have a lot of "do not enter," "wrong way" and "one way" warning signs, but one resident suggests more can be done.

"There could be some arrows on concrete to make it clear which way you need to go," said Beth Hayes, an Ocean Beach resident.

Depending on where they're located, the responsibility for signs is shared by Caltrans and the City of San Diego.

Caltrans officials said it hasn't had any wrong-way accidents in the past decade and that it hasn't received complaints that are "out of the ordinary" for the area. City officials asked for more time to gather data before it could comment on the possible need for more signs.

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