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Car crash in Midway District leaves 2 dead, 3 injured

Posted at 10:21 PM, May 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 12:44:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Two people were killed and three others were injured in a vehicle collision in San Diego's Midway District neighborhood Saturday night.

According to the San Diego Police Department, the two-vehicle crash happened around 9:06 p.m. at the intersection of Rosecrans Street and Sports Arena Boulevard.

Police said a 31-year-old man driving a 1999 Toyota Tacoma truck was speeding westbound in the 2900 block of Sports Arena Boulevard, hit a median and went airborne. The truck landed on top of a 2015 Toyota Sienna van with four people inside in the 3800 block of Rosecrans Street.

A woman and a man inside the van died at the scene, SDPD said.

On Monday, the deceased woman was identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office as 81-year-old Suad Alsamarai. She and the other decedent, identified by the ME's Office as 23-year-old Ahmed Mazin Salah Alrawi, were passengers in the back of the van.

The two other van passengers were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. The 31-year-old Tacoma driver was taken to the hospital with broken bones and several other injuries.

"We did see people out, trying to help [and] trying to pull people out. It’s good to know that people do care,” said Tabitha Esposito, driver.

Tabitha Esposito was in the area when the crash happened. She was shaken by the scene.

“I guess we were trying to figure out what happened as we passed the wreck and saw people screaming at each other and trying to get people out of the car …,” said Esposito.

She said she’s going to think twice about safety when she gets behind the wheel after seeing a family mourning two dead family members.

“I mean, this intersection … It’s not the highway. It’s something that when you drive you would like to think you are safe. It makes me really consider how careful we should all be seeing somebody dead and seeing the impact that it had on the family that discovered it," said Esposito.

San Diego Traffic Division is investigating the crash. Anyone with information is urged to call the traffic division or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.