Authorities have identified the woman who was killed early Friday when a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into her SUV on Interstate 5.
Alondra Guadalupe Esquivel, 37, of Santa Maria was driving at about 2 a.m. on the southbound side of I-5 near Mission Avenue when she was struck by a northbound sedan, officials with the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Esquivel was found unresponsive in the roadway after the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. She died at the scene from multiple blunt-force injuries.
The name of the suspected wrong-way driver will not be released until their family is notified. Officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office said he was a 31-year-old from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, a tiny community of fewer than 1,000 residents near Four Corners Monument. He also died at the scene from multiple blunt-force injuries.
The crash caused one of the vehicles to erupt in flames and closed the freeway as emergency crews responded and later cleared the crash, the CHP said. Three non-injury crashes were also reported in the area following the initial fatality collision.
— City News Service