Four Killed in Fatal Crash Along State Route 67

The crash at 10 a.m. was just south of Rockhouse Road along State Route 67

By R. Stickney, Steven Luke, Monica Garske and Lauren Steussy
|  Saturday, May 26, 2012  |  Updated 2:43 PM PDT
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After a deadly accident on a dangerous Ramona road, Steven Luke spoke to Officer Brian Pennings, public affairs officer for the California Highway Patrol about the conditions of those involved.

After a deadly accident on a dangerous Ramona road, Steven Luke spoke to Officer Brian Pennings, public affairs officer for the California Highway Patrol about the conditions of those involved.

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Four Killed in Fatal Ramona Crash

Four people have died after a traffic accident on State Route 67 in Ramona.
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Four people have died after a traffic accident on State Route 67 in Ramona.

A truck traveling northbound along SR-67 veered into the southbound lanes just south of Rockhouse Road according to officials.

The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado truck struck a silver Toyota Camry first and then bounced into a blue Toyota Corolla with all three vehicles coming to rest in the southbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Joe Nielsen said when emergency crews arrived to the scene, there were several vehicles blocking the road and people out of vehicles in the roadway.

"The scene was pretty chaotic," Nielsen said. "A lot of witnesses stopped and offered information.".

Four people were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pick-up truck was 20-year-old Alexander Antonio Sebastiano of Poway, according to a medical examiner's report released over the weekend. He was pronounced dead shortly after emergency personnel arrived.

Sebastiano's back-seat passenger was a married 34-year-old man, Madhu Monoharan. Emergency crews attempted to resuscitate Monoharan, but he also died on the scene.

A couple driving a Toyota Camry were also killed in the collision. Josefina De Dios West, 74, was the passenger of the Camry. Her husband, 78-year-old San Ysidro resident Harold Eugene West was the driver. The two, who were wearing seatbelts, were pronounced dead at the scene without medical intervention.

Three people were transported for medical treatment at nearby hospitals including one child who was riding in the backseat of one of the cars Nielsen said.

Nicole Pinning, a 24-year-old Ramona resident, and her 5-year-old passenger traveling in the Corolla were transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.

The female passenger in Sebastiano's truck sustained internal injuries, and her condition is not known at this time.

It’s unknown if alcohol was involved. The weather may have played a role in the collision he said.

The investigation will determine a cause.

Cal Fire reported SR-67 was closed between Poway Road and Highland Valley, but it reopened for traffic just before 5 p.m. on Friday.

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