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Chinese exchange students victims of fiery crash

Posted: 1:42 PM, Jan 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-23 21:42:20Z
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two Chinese exchange students killed in a wrong-way crash last month on Interstate 5 were identified today.
   
Shun Yang, 23, and 24-year-old Manlin Yang, who were not related, died from multiple blunt force injuries, the county Department of the Medical Examiner said Saturday.
   
Both were UC San Diego students from Guangzhou, China. Shun Yang was studying computer science, while Manlin Yang was an economics student. Both were en route to Lindbergh Field to catch a plane for the holidays.
 
The fiery crash -- which also killed the driver heading the wrong way on I-5 -- happened at 3:22 a.m. Dec. 20, just south of Manchester Avenue.
   
The driver of a Mercedes -- identified as 29-year-old David Michael Elmore of Encinitas -- was heading the wrong way when his vehicle struck a Chrysler occupied by Manlin Yang and Shun Yang; the impact set the Chrysler on
fire.
   
Elmore was heading toward Tijuana when he suddenly made a U-turn and fled north in southbound lanes, according to CHP spokesman Jim Bettencourt.
 
The car was estimated to be speeding above 100 mph, the CHP said.