Chula Vista man identified as deceased near crashed car in Otay Mesa backyard

Anderew Louis was 29 year old
Posted at 12:51 PM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 15:40:42-05

UPDATE, 12/15/16: Authorities have identified the deceased male as 29-year-old Chula Vista man Andrew Louis. 


OTAY MESA, Calif. - A crashed car and man's body were found in an Otay Mesa backyard Wednesday morning.

California Highway Patrol responded to a resident's report of a crashed vehicle in his backyard at 11:17 a.m. The home is located near the southbound Interstate 805 transition ramp to westbound state Route 905.

Resident Oscar Luna was turning off some lights he's left on in backyard when he noticed the damaged car resting on his retaining wall. He immediately knew another driver had lost control on I-805, but what he didn't know was that a dead man's body was in the grass nearby.

When authorities arrived, they found a crashed 2012 Chevrolet Malibu and a deceased male located 50 feet away from the car.

The car is believed to have been in the yard since sometime between 10:00 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Luna told 10News he and his wife left the house after 10 p.m. Tuesday, so they weren't home when the crash happened, sometime around 11 p.m. -- which is when a neighbor told Luna they heard what sounded like a car tire exploding.

"I think that it rolled over the fence rather than driving through because the fence was not that heavily damaged," Luna said.

It was the first time a car ever landed in Luna's yard, but not the first time there's been a fatal crash along that stretch of highway.

"Eight years ago, we actually had two people that passed away right there from a collision at that tree," Luna explained, adding the two people inside the car burned to death.

Luna hopes Caltrans will do something to make that stretch of road more safe, especially since the car that crashed through his fence landed dangerously close to his master bedroom.

"Had we been in there, God knows," said Luna, shaking his head.

CHP said it is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the collision. The crash is under investigation.