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Third woman killed in Pala Mesa bus crash identified

Posted at 1:44 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 16:44:02-05

PALA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The third woman who died in a Saturday morning bus crash in Pala Mesa has been identified as 23-year-old Cinthya Karely Rodriguez Banda.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner says Banda died after being ejected from the bus. She was from Mexico.

Monday, the two other women who died in the crash were identified. Maria De La Luz Diaz, 67 of Riverside, and Julia Perez Cornejo, 73 of Pasadena, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to information from the California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

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The women were among 21 passengers in a charter bus traveling from El Monte to Tijuana that crashed on rain-slicked southbound 15 near State Route 76 around 10:25 a.m. Saturday.

A total of 11 of the passengers suffered major injuries, including a 5-year-old boy who was airlifted to a Riverside County hospital. CHP said Monday night that the boy was in stable condition and is expected to recover.

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"The California Highway Patrol, and Oceanside Area continue to keep him in our thoughts, and wish him continued and speedy recovery," CHP told 10News in a statement.