SAN DIEGO - The Medical Examiner's Office on Sunday released the identities of three men who were killed in a crash on the Interstate 805 transition ramp to state Route 52.
The victims were identified as 35-year-old Jeffery James Becker, 29-year-old Taylor Patrick Bednarski and 23-year-old Shon Patrick Gilliam.
They were among five passengers of a 2000 Cadillac Escalade that lost control while heading north from Interstate 805 onto the transition ramp to westbound state Route 52 at about 11:15 p.m. Friday.
The SUV veered off the road, careened across a dirt embankment and rolled several times, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The driver and four passengers were not wearing seatbelts, and four of the men were ejected from the SUV, CHP officials said.
Bednarski and Gilliam, who were not wearing seat belts, were killed, as was Becker, who was wearing a seat belt, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.
Three other vehicles wrecked on the curving ramp following the initial single-vehicle crash, CHP officials said.
The driver and one of its ejected passengers, a 23-year-old San Diego man, were taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The driver remains in the hospital and has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
The other surviving SUV passenger who was ejected, a 25-year-old San Diego man, was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, authorities said.
Two drivers involved in the subsequent crashes were hospitalized with minor injuries, the CHP said.
The three survivors from the SUV all sustained major trauma, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher said.