String of Deadly Crashes Claims Two More Lives

Miguel Arias, 20, and Nieves Ruiz, 17, died when their car crashed in Escondido

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Annette Becker

    The latest in a string of alcohol/speed related accidents involving young people has claimed two more lives -- a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl.

    Miguel Magana Arias, 20, and Nieves Alejandra Ruiz, 17, were killed when Arias lost control of the car and struck a tree at 11:15 p.m. Saturday on East El Norte Parkway in Escondido, Lt. Chris Wynn said.

     “The vehicle mounted the curb and then rolled over multiple times and struck a stand of trees, collapsing the cab of the vehicle and pinning the two within the cab,” the Medical Examiner’s office reported.

    Arias and Ruiz were found dead inside the vehicle.

    Physical evidence showed the car was going too fast as it lost control when the driver made a sudden lane change.
    The crash was alcohol-related, Wynn said.


    String of Tragic Deaths


    Sept 25: A 17-year-old who died in a rollover crash after leaving a football game at Buena Vista High School was racing against three other cars when he lost control, according to his friends.

    “He was going fast,” Brian Sandoval said. “We won, everyone was excited, they were coming home to pick up one of their friends and they were speeding and seeing who could get there first.”

    Michael lost control on Lake Boulevard at Ridge Road in Oceanside, hit several trees and was ejected from his vehicle, according to the Medical Examiner’s office.

    Sarwan said Pyper wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and flew out of the windshield. Read more.


    Oct. 4: Alex Capozza, 17, was killed in a crash early on a Sunday morning when the Mazda he was riding in rolled over several times.

    Another teen, Jaime Arnold, also 17, was badly injured in the crash.

    A teenage Torrey Pines High School student who was driving the car pleaded guilty to one count of felony gross vehicular manslaughter with two special allegations of great bodily injury.

    In return for the teen's plea, the prosecution dropped other charges, including felony DUI. Read more.


    Oct. 25: William Wardrip, 16, from Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach was killed and three others wereWilliam Wardrip injured in Fairbanks Ranch after the car they were in went off the roadway on a curve and rolled over.

    Officers said Wardrip was seated in the back and was not wearing a seat belt when he was thrown from the car and died at the scene. 

    San Dieguito Road was closed for about four hours for an investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    A 16-year-old boy was driving the 1999 Lexus GL 470. Read more.


    Nov. 8: Vista High School junior Gerardo Chacon jumped into a Ford Mustang driven by a friend and headed home. That ride would end in a deadly crash just a block from Chacon’s home.

    The Mustang smashed through a bus stop shelter and rolled on East Vista Way near Gopher Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The driver, 20-year-old Reyes Miranda of Oceanside, was under the influence police said. Miranda was injured in the crash but Chacon, 17, wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. He was partially thrown from the car and died instantly. Read more.