Authorities ID Teens Killed in Crash on Torrey Pines State Beach

Police said the vehicle crashed into a center median, went over a guardrail and hit several rocks before coming to a stop on the sand


Authorities have identified the second teenager killed when a vehicle involved in an alleged drunk driving crash plowed through a barrier, flipped and landed on Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego.

Johnny Ildefonzo Punzalan, 19 of Lake Elsinore along with Joshua Adonai Manzanares, also 19 of Lake Elsinore, were both killed in the crash late Monday near the parking lot of the beach off Torrey Pines Road. Three others, including the driver, were injured, some with severe injuries like lung puncture wounds and a pelvic/hip fracture.

Authorities said a 19-year-old driver, who has not been identified, lost control of his 2020 Subaru WRX and struck a center median, causing him to crash into a guardrail and go over a ledge onto the beach.

SDPD said the car hit several rocks before coming to a complete stop on the sand at about 11 p.m.

Intoxication is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to SDPD. The department did not say if the driver was arrested or what, if any, charges he may face.

In addition to the driver, the vehicle's occupants included two 19-year-olds and two 18-year-olds. Many were hospitalized and their current condition was not known.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the case can make anonymous tips to CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-8477.

NBC 7's Nicole Gomez speaks to a man who was there as authorities responded to a deadly crash involving a car that went over a guardrail and landed on Torrey Pines State Beach.
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