The 71-year-old man killed in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 8 in La Mesa late Friday night was publicly identified Sunday.

CHP. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Michael James Bliss of La Mesa was named by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office as the victim.

Bliss was driving a black 1989 Mercedes sedan in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8 near Lake Murray Boulevard when he lost control shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein.

The sedan then struck a concrete wall in the center divider and stopped in the fast lane. It was then struck by two other vehicles, according to the CHP.

Bliss had not been wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. Neither of the other drivers were injured, according to the CHP.

All traffic on eastbound 8 was blocked in the aftermath of the wreck.

–City News Service

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