SAN DIEGO - A 28-year-old man killed early Sunday during a wrong-way crash involving two vehicles on state Route 94 has been identified.
John Mathew Hajosy, a La Mesa resident, was the driver of a vehicle traveling eastbound on state Route 94 that collided with a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.
Friends say Hajosy was full of life with a bright future ahead.
"He was happy and pleasant and we would stand out here and laugh and talk," said Hajosy's neighbor, Jimmy McCaskill.
A friend told 10News Hajosy was currently in nursing school at Grossmont College and had been heading home from a date when the crash occurred.
The wrong-way vehicle, a black BMW sedan, was spotted about 2:10 a.m. driving south in the northbound lanes of state Route 125 in La Mesa, then headed west about 80 mph in the eastbound lanes of SR-94.
After being spotted going the wrong way on the 94 east of Massachusetts Avenue in Lemon Grove, the car then struck Hajosy's vehicle head-on in the eastbound lanes, east of Federal Boulevard.
The BMW's driver – who was suspected of drunken driving – and its passenger were both transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital. The extent of their injuries and their conditions were unknown.
Numerous lanes were closed for the investigation, but the freeway was cleared shortly before 6 a.m.
The deadly crash was one of several alcohol-related incidents this weekend.
Police say a driver lost control and flipped on Interstate 8 near Texas Street in Mission Valley just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Medics took the driver to the hospital with unknown injuries. One person was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
In Chula Vista, police believe the driver of a truck was intoxicated before slamming into an Autozone, leaving a gaping hole behind. Paramedics treated two people before police booked the driver on suspicion of DUI.
"It's probably more rare that we don't have a DUI arrest during a nighttime shift," Chula Vista police Lt. Eric Thunberg told 10News.
Chula Vista police were out in full force this weekend during a DUI checkpoint where multiple cars were stopped. One driver was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI with injury.
Officers say they will remain proactive until people stop getting behind the wheel intoxicated.
"We have to be vigilant because people don't listen," said Thunberg. "People still go out, they still get drunk, they still drive and they still cause problems."
Escondido police also conducted a checkpoint this weekend and arrested three drivers on suspicion of DUI.