Authorities Thursday identified the second and third of three homeless men killed this week when a car driven by a DUI suspect plowed into a sidewalk squatters’ encampment.
Randy Ferris, 65, and Walter Jones, 61, were among nine transients struck by the out-of-control Volvo station wagon, county spokesman Donnie Ryan confirmed. Officials also hope the public can help locate their next of kin.
The incident took place in the 1500 block of B Street shortly after 9 a.m. Monday when the Volvo jumped a curb.
Ferris and Jones died at the scene of the wreck near San Diego City College, along with 40-year-old Rodney Diffendal.
Diffendal’s name was released Wednesday following notification of his family.
Paramedics took five other victims to hospitals for treatment of injuries varying from severe to moderately serious. They treated another homeless person at the scene for minor trauma. Authorities have not released the identities of those who were injured.
Craig Martin Voss, 71, was arrested at the scene of the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The San Diego resident was believed to taken a drug of some kind before he lost control of his car, according to San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit. He declined to specify what type of substance was suspected of causing Voss’ alleged impairment.
Officers booked Voss into county jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, causing great bodily injury during the commission of a felony and DUI. He was being held on $1 million bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday.
Investigators have been unable to locate any relatives of Ferris, a Rhode Island native and one-time Marine who served during the Vietnam War, or Jones. County officials decided to release their names in hopes that somebody might be able to help track down family members.
“We have no leads,” Ryan said. “This is often the case in deaths of the homeless.”
Anyone who might be able to assist is asked to call the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office at 858-694-2905.