Young Women Die in Oceanside Car Accident - NBC 7 San Diego

Young Women Die in Oceanside Car Accident

Car collided with a palm tree



    The San Diego County Medical Examiner has identified both victims of a crash that left two women dead after their car slammed into a palm tree in Oceanside on Thursday.

    20-year-old Michelle Reni Cafagna was the driver of a white Acura sedan that swerved from the middle lane to the left lane while traveling on El Camino Real, according to Sgt. Kenneth Gow with Oceanside Police said.

    “One witness actually reported it struck the center median which caused it to lose control. It then slid sideways, jumped on the median then hit the palm tree,” said Kenneth.

    The passenger in the car, Rizelle Cabana Alamares, 24, was instantly killed in the accident when the sedan wrapped around the tree.

    “It was a lot of damage. When you hit a palm tree, they don't tend to move,” Sgt. Gow said.

    Cafagna, who was from Escondido, was airlifted in critical condition. She died at the hospital. Officers said she was going about 60 miles per hour.

    “It's not excessively fast, but it is 15 mph over the speed limit. It would be enough that we would've written a citation for speeding,” Gow said.

    Emergency crews had to cut the roof of the car off in order to get to both women.

    Investigators said there were no signs of any intoxication on scene.

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