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Teen, woman killed in wrong-way freeway crash in Chula Vista ID’d – NBC 7 San Diego

A 67-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy who were killed when their vehicles crashed head-on on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista were identified Thursday by their family and authorities.

Eileen Crawford, 67, was driving a Honda Civic that entered the southbound lanes of I-5 near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, off Camino del la Plaza, around 3 a.m. Wednesday, a said the California Highway Patrol.



Ryder Shoup was from Imperial Beach and attended Mar Vista High School. NBC 7’s Dana Williams spoke with his family.

The vehicle traveled six miles the wrong way before crashing into a Dodge Challenger driven by Ryder Shoup, 16, a new father from Imperial Beach who attended Mar Vista High School.

Francisco Beltran, Crawford’s neighbor and close friend, said she was receiving radiation treatments for cancer and sometimes had moments of forgetfulness.

“Sometimes she would go south, you know, with an empty mind and leave,” Francisco Beltran’s sister Nancy said of her friend.

Whether this was the case as of Wednesday morning, the CHP says the cause has not been determined.

The death of the 16-year-old Mar Vista High School student spread quickly on social media. That’s how his close friend from JV football found out.

“When I found out, my heart broke,” Gilbert Solis said. “He would always have a smile on that face on the field or on the sidelines. He would always have a big white smile on his face.”

On Thursday afternoon, the City of Imperial Beach released the following statement regarding Shoup’s death:

“The City of Imperial Beach is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Ryder Shoup, who was a member of our community and served in the City’s Junior Lifeguard program for many years. His instructors knew him as a great and well-liked kid. “Ryder was very athletic, competitive and always had a smile on his face. We extend our deepest condolences to Ryder’s family and friends during this difficult time.”



A wrong-way crash in Chula Vista killed the drivers of both vehicles involved. One was a 16-year-old high school student and the other was a 67-year-old woman. NBC 7’s Dave Summers spoke with close friends of both victims on April 10, 2024.

CHP said they received calls from several people reporting a wrong-way driver. The accident occurred approximately 3 minutes after the first 911 call. The Dodge caught fire and completely engulfed in flames. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicle and died at the scene, the CHP said.

A toxicology report is pending from the San Diego County Medical Examiner to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

All lanes of southbound I-5, north of J Street, were closed for several hours during the investigation, which continued Wednesday.

The South Bay has seen several other wrong-way crashes near the border in recent years, including one in San Ysidro in 2023 and another that killed two San Diego police detectives in 2021. The week of this latest fatal crash was saw four fatal wrong-way accidents. crashes.

Caltrans has placed flashing LED “Do Not Enter” and “Wrong Way” signs at San Diego County exits to prevent accidents like this. Reflective red coating has also been used to draw the driver’s attention to the fact that they are going in the wrong direction. Caltrans said a pilot program of the tools showed a 44 to 64 percent reduction in wrong-way incidents.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact the San Diego CHP at (858) 293-6000.

News Source : www.nbcsandiego.com
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