A motorcyclist hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 5 in San Ysidro Saturday morning has been identified.
The CHP said the DUI suspect, in a Mazda 3, was driving northbound in the southbound I-5 lanes north of Dairy Mart Road.
The motorcyclist, identified as 27-year-old Daniel Ivan Reyes of Tijuana by the Medical Examiner's office, was traveling the right way. The Mazda collided head-on into the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist died at the scene.
Officials said the impact of the crash caused the Mazda to spin out on the freeway. Soon after that, a Dodge pickup truck approached the area and clipped the Mazda. There were three people inside the truck; the driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. The passengers were not hurt.
The DUI suspect was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He will be arrested on suspicion of DUI, officials said. No one else was inside the Mazda.
The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Richard Gideon Hammond of San Diego. He’s being held on $100,000 bail on three felony counts. Hammond was arrested on charges of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Wrong Way Driving causing an injury or death. His fiancé says the couple own an on-line business for “Holistic Resources.” She says Hammond had left to drive a friend home to City Heights. Hammond is set to be arraigned on Wednesday.
Southbound I-5 was immediately blocked off to traffic following the deadly crash. At around 7 a.m., one lane was reopened. Officials were working to tow the Mazda and clean up the roadway.
No further details were released.