Driver killed in La Mesa pileup

A 71-year-old man was killed in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 8 in La Mesa, which temporarily shut down all eastbound traffic, authorities said today.
 
About 10:45 p.m. Friday, the La Mesa man was driving a 1989 Mercedes sedan in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8 west of 70th Street when he lost control, struck a concrete wall in the center divider and stopped in the fast lane, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
 
The Mercedes was then struck on its right side by a 2005 Pontiac Vibe piloted by a 20-year-old El Cajon man. A 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 24-year-old Santee man then crashed into both disabled vehicles, Pearlstein said.
 
The Mercedes' driver died at the scene, Pearlstein said. Neither of the other drivers were injured.
 
A SigAlert was issued by the CHP at 11p.m. Friday and all eastbound lanes were reopened at 12:31 a.m., according to the CHP.

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