Grandfather Suffers Heart Attack in Fatal Crash

Jhun Tinoco, 66, suffered a heart attack while driving with his 11-year-old granddaughter

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    A grandfather who suffered a heart attack while driving with his 11-year-old granddaughter died after his vehicle crashed into a pickup truck in Linda Vista Saturday morning, officials confirmed.

    The collision involving a Jeep Cherokee and a pickup truck happened at Ulric Street and Dunlop Street just before 9 a.m.

    According to Maurice Luque with the San Diego Fire Department, a grandfather in his 60s was driving his Jeep Cherokee with his 11-year-old granddaughter when he had a heart attack at the wheel.

    The 11-year-old girl, who was the only passenger in the car, told police her grandpa had grabbed his chest and slumped in his seat before their car went out of control, crashed into the pickup truck and overturned, Luque said.

    The grandfather – later identified by the Medical Examiner’s office as 66-year-old San Diego resident Jhun Tinoco -- was trapped in the overturned vehicle following the collision. Fire crews attempted to extricate him, but Tinoco was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Witnesses told NBC 7 the Jeep Cherokee appeared to be traveling too fast when it overturned.

    The granddaughter was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck that was hit by the Jeep Cherokee was not injured, according to officials.

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