Second San Vicente Road crash in week claims man’s life
A 19-year-old Lakeside man suspected of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in the death of a 74-year-old Ramona man was scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in El Cajon on Friday, Sept. 6.
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 Frederick 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 was released from jail after posting $50,000 bond, according to the district attorney’s office.
A 2.25-mile segment of San Vicente Road from Warnock Drive to 1,000 feet east of Wildcat Canyon Road is slated for a county road improvement project that was scheduled to begin this fall but has been delayed due to right of way issues. That portion of the road will be realigned to improve sight distance. According to the county, there are about 16 curves along the stretch and after the project there will only be six.
Plans call for increasing the travel lanes from 12 to 13 feet wide, and adding a bike lane and paths. The road project has been the source of controversy among those who call for a safer road and others who do not want to see the character of the tree-shaded roadway changed.
The project is estimated to cost $40 million with $28 million coming from TransNet funding.
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