Driver in wrong-way crash pronounced dead, passengers hospitalized with major injuries

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The driver of a wrong-way single-car crash on SR-52 was pronounced dead at Sharp Memorial Hospital shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Sandra Howard, 42, was driving her 2001 Acura SUV in the wrong direction going eastbound on the 52 in Kearny Mesa when she hit a concrete barrier around 2:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Motorists who saw the wreckage called 9-1-1. 

Two passengers — a 33-year-old woman and 32-year-old man — were with Howard and both sustained major injuries. Their identities have not been released, and both were transported to hospitals. All three occupants had to be extricated from the vehicle by San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel. 

Paramedics transporting Howard applied advanced cardiac lifesaving efforts as she was being moved to Sharp Memorial. Efforts continued in the emergency room, but they were unable to revive her. Her cause of death is still under investigation by the Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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