Four victims identified in fatal Highway 67 crash

Update: The county medical examiner has released the names of the four people killed in a three-vehicle crash on state Route 67 near Rockhouse Road in Ramona on Friday morning.  Two other people are in critical condition at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, according to a California Highway Patrol officer investigating the accident.

A total of eight people were involved in the collision, said CHP Officer Joe Nielsen.

Alexander Antonio Sebastiano, 20, from Poway, the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado truck, and a passenger, 34-year-old Madhu Manoharan of San Diego, died at the scene, reported the medical examiner. Two elderly people in a silver  Toyota Camry were pronounced dead at the scene: Josefina De Dios West, 74,  and Harold Eugene West, 78. Manoharan was pronounced dead after unsuccessful attempts of resuscitation, reported the medical examiner. No city of residence has been released for De Dios West and West.

A male  in his mid-30s and a female  in her mid-20s who were in the extended-cab of the truck Sebastiano was driving are in critical condition, Nielsen reported. The occupants of the truck were co-workers in Poway, heading to Ramona for a non-work related issue, he said.

A woman in her early 20s, driving a blue 2008 Toyota Corolla, suffered moderate injuries with broken bones but was alert at the scene, said Nielsen. With her was the 5-year-old daughter of her boyfriend who only received a seatbelt abrasion, he said.

Nielsen said the investigation is ongoing, but it appears the truck, northbound on Route 67, was traveling around the curve too fast for the weather conditions. CHP reported the stretch of road was damp due to drizzle. Nielsen said the driver of the truck apparently lost control, overcorrected, and came sideways across the southbound lanes. The truck, he said, was hit by the silver Camry, which was traveling south in the right lane, and then struck by the blue Corolla, which was in the left lane. The accident occurred around 10 a.m.

Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

Update: A head-on collision on a drizzle-dampened stretch of state Route 67 killed four people today and injured three others, including a 5-year-old girl, authorities reported.

The accident occurred about 10 a.m., when a northbound Chevrolet Silverado truck veered into an oncoming lane at high speed  and smashed into two southbound Toyota sedans near Rockhouse Road in the Rosemont area of Ramona, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The wreck fatally injured two men in the pickup and a married couple in one of the cars, CHP public-affairs Officer Brian Pennings said. All four died at the scene. Their names were withheld pending family notification.
A mother and her preschooler daughter in the other sedan survived the crash, as did a woman who had been riding in a back seat in the extended-cab truck, Pennings said. Medics took them to hospitals for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
The accident forced a several-hour full closure of the route between Poway and Archie Moore roads. In the early afternoon, authorities were allowing traffic through the area over one lane.
It was unclear why the driver of the pickup lost control, though witnesses said he was speeding, according to Pennings. Additionally, the roadway was moist at the time due to misty weather, the spokesman said.

Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

Update: Four people are dead and three have been transported to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash on state Route 67 just south of Rockhouse Road, reports California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred about 10 a.m. Friday.

According to CHP Officer Joe Nielsen, a pick-up truck traveling northbound on Route 67 lost control and  struck southbound vehicles head-on. The truck came to rest on its side. CHP confirmed the deaths of an elderly couple and two younger adults. A 3-year-old girl with minor injuries was among those transported to the hospital, Nielsen said.  No other information was available on the victims. CHP is investigating the cause of the collision.

Nielsen said he arrived shortly after the accident. “The scene was pretty chaotic,” he said.

SR67 is closed between Poway and Archie Moore roads. Highway 67 is expected to be closed until about 1 p.m., said Nielsen.

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5 Comments for “Four victims identified in fatal Highway 67 crash”

  1. steve

    People need to slow down for weather condition

  2. Lived here for 13 years now, have never been in an accident nor had a ticket because I drive safe using caution every single day. PEOPLE-slow down, stop flying on 67, don't cut others off-I want to live another day to see my family, friends & pets. The couple married for 50 years died in this accident-the families are devastated.

  3. Guest

    It's a combination of driving too slow and driving too fast. Every one of us has been stuck behind someone on 67 driving 30 miles per hour in a 55 zone who appears to be totally oblivious to the mile of cars lined up behind them. By the time the single lane becomes two lanes, SR-67 becomes the autobahn with everyone trying to get around the people going 30 mph before it goes back down to one lane. My advice: If you are going over 55, slow down. If you're going under 55, speed up; you're just as dangerous on the road than the people driving too fast.

    • Guest

      You nailed it. There is probably more road rage caused by inconsiderate, unconfident drivers driving well below the speed limit on the 67. It seems like, without fail, I am always stuck behind someone going 40 mph while passing huge 55 mpg signs and being followed by a mile of cars at 7 am on the way to work. There have been a few times lately that I thought the slow speeds were due to an accident, only to finally reach the slow driving car when it turns into two lanes, with very angry drivers passing them. It is simply dangerous to drive well below or well above the speed limit on that road.

      • driver

        Swallow your pride people. If you are going to insist on driving 15-20 mph below the speed limit, pull over and let everyone else by. It common courtesy, and it's also the law.

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