Ramona man dies after car hits San Diego school bus he was repairing in yesterday’s rain
Friday, Dec. 14—A 32-year-old mechanic from Ramona was killed yesterday when a car plowed into the broken-down school bus he was trying to fix alongside rain-drenched Interstate 805 in North Park.
No students were aboard the San Diego Unified School District bus when the southbound 2005 Nissan Altima veered off the roadway and struck it from behind near El Cajon Boulevard shortly before 7 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash left the repairman, John Friedas Joaquin Jr., gravely injured and wedged in the engine compartment of the bus, CHP Public Affairs Officer Art Athans said. The motorist, a 41-year-old woman, was seriously injured.
Joaquin, who was married, lived in Ramona with his family.
Joaquin was working in the engine compartment of the disabled school bus under the El Cajon Boulevard overpass. The area was saturated with water and the driver of a 2005 Nissan Altima lost control of her vehicle and struck the rear of the bus, pinning Joaquin in the engine compartment, reported authorities.
Responding paramedics found Joaquin alert and responsive with an open compound fracture of the left femur, the medical examiner’s office reported. He was taken to Scripps Mercy emergency department where he underwent surgery to amputate his left leg below the knee.
He was taken to the intensive care unit where his condition rapidly declined, he went into cardio-respiratory arrest, and all resuscitative efforts were to no avail, the medical examiner reported.
The motorist apparently lost control of her car due to driving too fast for the wet conditions, Athans said.
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