Marine killed in Mission Valley crash identified

SAN DIEGO - Authorities on Monday released the name of a 20-year-old Marine killed in a predawn weekend traffic accident in Mission Valley.

Lance Cpl. Richard D. Jones of Niagara Falls, N.Y., was driving west on Interstate 8 when his car hit a disabled vehicle near Mission Center Road shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, according to military officials and the California Highway Patrol.

Jones' car veered to a halt in a center-divide area, the CHP reported. He then got out and was trying to cross the freeway to the north on foot when a vehicle hit him, hurling him onto state Route 163, which runs beneath I-8. He died at the scene.

It appeared that the serviceman was attempting to get to other victims of the accident to aid them when he was struck, according to USMC officials.

Jones was a military police officer assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Since enlisting in October 2012, he was awarded a National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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