(STORY UPDATED Mon., Dec. 22)
Six family members on their way to Mexico for a funeral were involved in a fatal crash that killed three of them on Friday, Dec. 19, in a rollover crash on Interstate 15 after a tire blew out on the vehicle they were traveling in.
According to California Highway Patrol public information officer Jim Bettencourt, “On December 19, at approximately 12:19 p.m., a 25-year-old male from Monrovia was driving his 2001 Ford Expedition southbound on Interstate 15 near Gopher Canyon Road with 5 passengers. Directly behind the vehicle was a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy who indicated that he observed the right rear tire tread of the Expedition start to fall off of the vehicle.”
“The vehicle then lost control into the center divide, hit the metal divider, then overturned before landing in the center divide of the northbound lanes.”
Bettencourt said that the driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old female from Monrovia and 21-year-old female from Santa Monica died in the collision.
Surviving the crash were a 2-year-old female child, a 21-year-old male, and a 43-year-old female.
“The child did not appear to sustain injuries, she was properly restrained in a car seat, but was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for precautionary reasons,” reported Bettencourt. “The other two passengers were transported to Palomar Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.”
The family was traveling to Mexico for the funeral of the 43-year-old female’s father.
According to Bettencourt, two of those killed in the crash were the parents of the 2-year-old girl. They were the daughter and son-in-law of the 43-year-old woman.
The Medical Examiner has identified the deceased as: (driver) Jerson Ariel Duron Valeriano, 25; (passenger) Edith Duron, 22; and (passenger) Ivette Garcia, 21, all of the Los Angeles area.
As a result, traffic on both southbound and northbound Interstate 15 was shut down at the Old Highway 395 overpass.
(previous story, Fri., Dec. 19, 12:40 p.m.)
Emergency responders are working an accident that occurred at about 12:20 p.m. on Interstate 15 near West Lilac Road. Information is fragmentary at this time, but it appears there may be up to three fatalities involved.
The crash is affecting both northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 15.
Watch the Village News website for more information as it becomes available.