A 25-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision with a suspected DUI driver early Saturday morning, officials confirmed.
The deadly crash happened at around 1 a.m. on eastbound State Route 52 near the Mast Boulevard exit in Santee.
According to a report released by the Medical Examiner’s office, Clairemont resident Jayme Midlam, 25, was driving alone in his 1972 Volkswagen Beetle on eastbound SR-52 approaching the Mast Boulevard overcrossing.
At the same time, National City resident April Thompson, 23, was driving her Chevy 2500 pickup truck the wrong way, westbound in the eastbound lanes of the freeway.
The truck collided head-on with Midlam’s Beetle, totaling the much smaller vehicle.
CHP officers and emergency crews responded to the crash. Midlam was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thompson was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. CHP officials suspected she was driving under the influence of alcohol during the fatal collision.
After receiving treatment for her injuries, Thompson was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility on DUI charges and gross vehicular manslaughter. She’s scheduled to appear in court Thursday.