Trio of I-8 Crashes Leaves 1 Dead - NBC 7 San Diego

Trio of I-8 Crashes Leaves 1 Dead



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    Two accidents happened Saturday morning leaving one dead.

    A trio of automobile accidents occured on Interstate 8 in San Diego Saturday morning, leaving one man dead and another person injured while an unknown hit-and-run driver remains at large, California Highway Patrol said.

    At 1:52 a.m., a 26-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence crashed a black Ford ranger pick-up truck into a guard rail in the center median near Waring Road.

    When the driver and his male passenger, age 29, vacated the vehicle, the passenger was struck by a hit-and-run driver, CHP said.

    That victim was transported to Mercy Hospital where he later died. The vehicle that struck the man and fled the scene was identified as a small Toyota or Nissan sedan.  Investigators are still searching for that hit-and-run driver, CHP said.

    The driver of the truck was arrested under allegedly driving under the influence.

    Police shut down part of the freeway at about 2:15 a.m., diverting traffic off at the Waring exit. Lanes were reopened about an hour after the crash.

    The third accident happened in Mission Valley at around 5:30 a.m. One person was transported to Mercy Hospital. The victim's gender, age and injury severity are unknown at this time.

    Anyone with information regarding these two accidents is urged to call CHP border communications at (858) 637-3800 or San Diego CHP office at (619) 220-5492.