Alpine crash
A CHP officer walks past the wreckage. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Authorities have publicly identified a woman who was killed last week when the SUV she was driving crashed on Interstate 8 in her hometown of Alpine.

Bonnie Roth, 35, lost control of the westbound Chevrolet Tahoe for unknown reasons about 8:30 a.m. Friday while headed west through the eastern San Diego-area town with her two young daughters, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle veered into an unpaved center median west of Tavern Road, overturned and tumbled down an embankment, ejecting the woman before coming to rest upright on the eastbound side of the freeway. Roth died at the scene.

Paramedics took the children — who had been riding in the back seat of the SUV, the younger one secured in a car seat and the other wearing a seat belt — to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, CHP public-affairs Officer Travis Garrow said.

Roth and her daughters — Moxie, 9, and Roxie, 3 — were heading to a dance competition at the time of the accident, according to a GoFundMe.com donation page set up to help the family handle expenses stemming from the fatal accident.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, the website had generated more than $50,000.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Garrow said.

Updated at 4:08 p.m. July 19, 2022

–City News Service