3-Vehicle Crash Occurred On SR-67 Near Rockhouse Road
1:12 AM, May 26, 2012
Authorities on Saturday released the names of the four people killed in a three-vehicle pileup on a drizzle-dampened stretch of state Route 67 near Ramona that injured three others, including a 5-year-old girl.
A Sig Alert was issued and SR-67 was closed between Poway Road and Archie Moore Road after the crash occurred on northbound SR-67 just south of Rockhouse Road shortly after 10 a.m.According to the CHP, a Chevrolet Silverado truck traveling on northbound SR-67 at a high rate of speed spun out, veered into the southbound lanes and collided with a gray Toyota Camry near Rockhouse Road. A Toyota Corolla behind the Camry crashed into it, the CHP said.The victims were identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office as 20-year-old Poway resident Alexander Antonio Sebastiano, who was behind the wheel of his Silverado truck; his passenger, 34-year-old Madhu Manoharan; 78-year-old Harold Eugene West, who was the driver of the Camry; and his wife, 74-year-old Josefina De Dios West, who was the Camry's passenger. All four were pronounced dead at the scene, the Medical Examiner's Office reported.A woman who was riding in a back seat of the Silverado was taken to a trauma center with internal injuries, CHP Officer Brian Pennings said. Her condition was not released. Medics took the 24-year-old driver of the Corolla, a Ramona resident, and her 5-year-old female passenger to hospitals for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Pennings said. The crash forced a several-hour full closure of the route between Poway and Archie Moore roads. In the early afternoon, authorities were allowing traffic through the area over one lane."Whether the fog was present or not, it doesn't change the scenario of what occurred. According to witnesses the truck was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed and in adverse conditions, the driver was unable to maintain control and spun out of control and crossed the yellow lines," said Pennings.Both directions of SR-67 were re-opened at 4:40 p.m.Three years ago, Alexandria Drake was killed near the same area in a head-on collision. Her baby daughter and mother were hurt in the crash, and the other driver was sent to prison.Drake's family has filed a lawsuit against Caltrans, demanding that k-rails be installed to separate the lanes.Caltrans said they completed a report on the possibility of installing a concrete barrier in 2011.SANDAG will now decide if the state should go ahead with an environmental report, and public hearings would follow.Caltrans could begin construction in four years, barring any lawsuits or other problems. It would cost $50 million to build the barrier.However, there are several concerns about a possible barrier:-- People who live along SR-67 want to be able to turn around on the highway, and a concrete barrier would make it difficult to do so -- Caltrans would have to widen the road in certain areas -- a challenge because of the canyons along the route and Caltrans would have to acquire private property -- A barrier would take emergency vehicles longer to respond to medical emergencies because of the inability to turn around -- The concrete barrier can't be broken up for turnarounds