By Ken Stone
The 26-year-old man killed over the weekend when the SUV he was driving crashed off a freeway onramp near Mission Bay was identified as Jacob Arnell of La Mesa.
Arnell was traveling at high speed shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of the white Cadillac Escalade, according to the California Highway Patrol.
He was trying to enter northbound Interstate 5 from Sea World Drive when the vehicle veered off the roadway, went down an embankment, overturned and smashed into a tree, said CHP public-affairs Officer Salvador Castro.
Arnell, the sole occupant of the SUV, died at the scene, Castro said.
As a wide receiver at USD, Arnell helped the Toreros to a 10-2 record in 2016, losing to North Dakota State in the second round of Football Championship Subdivision play.
He ranked No. 2 nationally in kickoff returns among FCS players, formerly Division 1-AA.
At Rancho Bernardo, Arnell earned 1st Team All-Palomar Conference honors his senior year after making 82 receptions for 800+ yards and seven touchdowns. At Santa Barbara City College, he was 1st Team All-American in the Pacific Conference.
Arnell had a twin brother, Zach, who also played football with him.
A GoFundMe page reported that he was engaged to be married and had an adopted son and new baby daughter.
— City News Service contributed to this report.
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