Driver killed after car careens off SR-94 connector: Authorities ID motorist as Jesus Rodriguez

Incident occured at 3:19 a.m.

SAN DIEGO - A 24-year-old Otay Mesa man was killed when his speeding car careened off a San Diego freeway connector early Friday, authorities said.

Jesus Rodriguez died on eastbound state Route 94 at Home Avenue at 3:17 a.m., according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Rodriguez was alone and driving westbound on the 94 connector bridge to southbound Interstate 15 when he failed to negotiate the curve at a high rate of speed and his vehicle went over a concrete barrier and off the overpass bridge, the coroner's office reported.

The 2010 Toyota Corolla operated by Rodriguez landed on eastbound state Route 94 at Home Avenue and rolled over several times before coming to rest along the right shoulder of the highway. According to the coroner's office, Rodriguez was thrown out of the car as it rolled over and he landed a short distance away on some ice plant.

Witnesses called 911 and medics arrived to pronounce Rodriguez dead at the scene.

The California Highway Patrol was investigating whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. However,  CHP officers told 10News that empty beer bottles and shot glasses were found inside the vehicle. They also said that the smell of alcohol was incredibly strong inside the car.

The agency closed the offramp for nearly three hours but the closure did not appear to have any significant impact on morning commuters in the area.

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