Rollover collision leaves two dead and two injured in Escondido

ESCONDIDO (KUSI) — Investigators worked Monday to piece together the circumstances of a late-night broadside collision that killed two people and seriously injured two others at a North County street crossing.

Police believe intoxication may have been a factor in the accident, which left traffic lanes shut down for several blocks in all directions until about 7 Monday morning, according to Lt. Ed Varso.

Witnesses told investigators that the deadly crash occurred when the speeding driver of a silver Dodge Charger ran a red light at East El Norte Parkway and North Ash Street in Escondido shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

In the intersection, the sedan crashed into a silver Ford Mustang, sending it rolling side over side into a residential front yard, where it came to rest on its roof. The driver of the Mustang and a woman riding in his car died at the scene of the wreck, Varso said.

Medics took a second passenger from the Ford and the driver of the Dodge to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office identified one of the victims as 19-year-old Ana Lira and a GoFundMe page has been set up by her family.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the second victim as Brandon Contreras. A GoFundMe page was set up for him by his family. \


Categories: Traffic & Accidents