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Second teen killed in Mission Valley crash identified

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 20:01:07-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The county Medical Examiner has identified the second teenager killed after a car lost control on a Mission Valley freeway and crashed before bursting into flames last weekend.

David Chavez, 15, was killed by blunt force trauma, thermal cause, and smoke inhalation according to the ME in the tragic crash on Jan. 18.

Police say a car was speeding at about 3 a.m. on the westbound Interstate 8 ramp to southbound State Route 163 when the driver lost control and hit a guardrail, sending the car down an embankment where it a tree and caught fire.


Another 15-year-old, identified as Gustavo Beltran, was also killed in the crash.

The driver, a 17-year-old, was arrested by CHP on suspicion of DUI. Two other teens in the car are also battling significant injuries. None of their identities have been released by authorities.