Investigators to Re-Enact Deadly Crash

CHP looking for second driver, following up several leads

Investigators with the California Highway Patrol will reconstruct the scene of the deadly crash along Highway 67 that killed a young mother more than a week ago.

Alex Drake, 25, died March 29 when a Jaguar crushed her Volvo in a head-on collision at Quail Rock Road. Officers will spend time at the site next week taking measurements to help create a computerized re-enactment of what may have happened.

Drake's month-old son, Jayden, was inside the car with her and somehow survived the fatal crash. Drake's mother was driving in a separate car and watched the accident.

The driver of the Jaguar was racing a white BMW, whose driver has still not been found, officers said. They are working on several leads in the case.

The Jaguar's driver, Melvin Peerless, was also injured in the crash and may face vehicular manslaughter.

Drake's family and friends gathered Monday at Glen Abbey Cemetery in Ramona to honor her and the many accomplishments she achieved in her young lifetime.

Her mother spoke during the ceremony, addressing the driver who fled the scene.   "You left the scene that is ... to run away, knowing ... you only have to look at the car to know you left destruction and devastation behind," Pamela McKeirnan, Drake's mother, told mourners Monday. "You left me so I could not hold my child as she died on the roadside."  
Over the past three years, 19 people have died on the 25-mile stretch of SR-67 that runs between El Cajon and Ramona. Eleven of those deaths were alcohol-related.

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