Driver identified in Poway head-on crash

Driver of pick-up charged with DUI, drug charges
Posted at 9:56 AM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 14:03:26-04

Update, October 27, 2016, 11:00 a.m.: The driver of the Mazda pickup truck has been identified as 22-year-old Justin Ottino of Rancho Penasquitos. He was booked at the hospital on suspicion of driving under the influence and on two drug-related charges. His 19-year-old passenger is in the ICU with serious head injuries. The two young children who were passengers in the F-150 were treated at the hospital and released with minor injuries yesterday. 

POWAY, Calif. -- Two trucks collided head-on in Poway Wednesday morning sending four people to the hospital, two with critical injuries, San Diego Sheriff's Department said. 

The crash was reported shortly after 9 a.m. after a Mazda B2000 pickup truck traveling westbound on Twin Peaks Road crossed over double yellow lines and hit a Ford F-150 traveling eastbound in the slow lane on the same road. 

The driver of the Mazda is a 22-year-old man from Rancho Penasquitos and the 19-year-old male passenger is from Poway. They were both transported to Palomar Hospital Trauma Center in critical condition. 

Drugs and drug paraphenalia were found in the truck and the driver will be charged with DUI, a sheriff's deputy said. In addition, there was no passenger airbag. 

A 48-year-old father from Poway and his two young children, whom sheriff's deputy said were properly restrained in child safety seats, were traveling in the F-150. Both kids, a five-year-old boy and a three-year-old-girl, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Twin Peaks Road between Ted Williams Parkway and Community Road was shut down temporarily while San Diego Sheriff's responded to the scene.