Driver linked to head-on crash on SR-76 arrested: Collision killed 53-year-old Oceanside woman
Jonathon David Roberts, 22, suspected of DUI
Last Updated: 347 days ago
BONSALL, Calif. - A 22-year-old Menifee man was behind bars Monday, accused in a head-on crash in the Bonsall area that killed a 53-year-old Oceanside woman and injured five people, including him.
Jonathon David Roberts is believed to have been driving under the influence of marijuana.
Roberts was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram westbound on state Route 76 near Via Monserate at around 3:20 p.m. Sunday when he crossed over into oncoming traffic headed eastbound, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt.
Roberts' pickup crashed head-on into an eastbound 2010 Honda Fit being driven by a 53-year-old Oceanside woman, the public-affairs officer said in a statement.
The woman died at the scene, and three passengers in the vehicle she was driving --- a man, a 13 year old boy and a 30 year old woman ---- suffered minor to moderate injuries.
Medics took all three to Palomar Medical Center. The woman was later identified as Socorro Aguirre-Reynosa.
"It is believed that the passengers were related to the driver," Bettencourt said.
A 2004 BMW 328i that was traveling eastbound directly behind the Honda Fit also was involved in the crash. During the crash the BMW went down an embankment, leaving the driver -- a Carlsbad woman -- with moderate injuries, according to Bettencourt.
She was taken to Palomar Medical Center, along with Roberts, who suffered minor injuries. After he was treated at the hospital, Roberts was taken to the Vista jail, where he was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
"A large amount of marijuana was found inside Mr. Roberts vehicle, and it is believed that during the time of the collision he was driving under the influence (of drugs)," Bettencourt said. "Chemical test results are pending."
A witness also said that in the moments leading up to the crash Roberts was crossing over a double-yellow line and swerving "all over the road," according to Bettencourt.
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