Lakeside man, 19, faces vehicular manslaughter charge in 74-year-old Ramona man’s death
A 19-year-old Lakeside man suspected of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in the death of a 74-year-old Ramona man is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in El Cajon on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Garrett Michael Sparks was arrested after the 2007 pickup he was driving crossed a double-yellow line on San Vicente Road and struck the 2000 pickup driven by Kenneth Crane, who died at the scene, reported California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Kattke.
The collision occurred approximately six-tenths of a mile south of Warnock Drive about 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, said Kattke.
Both men were driving red Ford Rangers, San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. The deceased, Kenneth Crane, was southbound and Sparks was northbound, said Kattke. Sparks was uninjured, the officer said.
The collision occurred about one-half mile north of where 18-year-old Victoria “Tori” S. Richeson of Ramona died in a one-vehicle accident on San Vicente Road a week earlier, on Aug. 22, said Kattke.
Sparks was attempting to retrieve items that fell from a box on the passenger’s seat onto the floorboard just before the accident, said Kattke, noting that, while the Lakeside resident is not suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, officials are conducting an ongoing investigation.
Witnesses arrived at the scene just after the initial collision, said Kattke. Responding paramedics confirmed Crane’s death at 8:02 p.m., reported the medical examiner’s office.
Sparks is being held in the San Diego Central Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail and will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s website.
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