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Driver killed in wrong-way crash on I-8 in Ocean Beach area

Posted at 6:54 AM, Dec 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 13:10:40-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A driver was killed and another driver was arrested in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 8 in the Ocean Beach area late Monday evening, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP began receiving calls at around 11:25 p.m. regarding a blue Subaru Outback traveling east in the westbound I-8 lanes near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Moments later, the wrong-way Subaru collided head-on with a gold Toyota Camry, leaving "debris all over [the] road -- people in both [vehicles] not responding," according to the agency's incident log.

Several witnesses and responding San Diego Police officers rushed to help the drivers before paramedics arrived.

The wreck left the driver of the Subaru trapped, prompting emergency crews to use the Jaws of Life to free him. The Subaru’s driver, identified as a 24-year-old Sacramento man, was rushed to UC San Diego Medical Center.

CHP officials announced the Subaru’s driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI and will be booked following medical treatment.

The Toyota’s driver, identified as a 54-year-old San Diego woman, was also trapped in her car following the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials confirmed.

No other injuries were reported.