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Funerals planned for Escondido teens who died in SR-56 bridge fall

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 20:50:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Funerals will be held next Thursday for two teenagers killed when they mistakenly jumped off a freeway bridge on SR-56 after a crash.

18-year-old Ruben Ortiz Jr. and 17-year-old Jesse Garcia of Escondido were in a 2012 Nissan Altima that went out of control and crashed in Carmel Valley Tuesday night.

The teens and four other people got out of the car and ran across eastbound lanes of the freeway.

Ortiz and Garcia jumped over the railing, not realizing it was an 80-foot drop into Gonzales Creek.

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The teens died at the scene. Two girls who had been in the vehicle, 14 and 15 years old, suffered severe injuries and remain in the hospital.

“It sat at me and hit me and our community. These were youth that were well known, had charisma, they were happy kids,” said Agner Medrano.

A GoFundMe page has been started for Jesse Garcia's family here.

Two other people left the area and were later found for questioning.

``At this time, investigators will continue with the death investigation but do not anticipate any charges stemming from the (case),'' California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Sanchez said Thursday afternoon.

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The CHP says Garcia was driving the night of the crash. Officers found an open beer can in the center console.

The same Nissan was involved in two brief pursuits with Escondido Police earlier in the week.

City News Service contributed to this report.