2 Killed, 6 Injured in 2 Crashes Near Otay Mesa Port of Entry
Accidents in San Diego Lead to Injuries, Fatalities
San Diego, CA (February 19, 2019) – Two crashes in San Diego involved the U.S. Border Patrol trying to catch illegal immigrants attempting to cross the U.S-Mexico border led to injuries and fatalities. The accidents occurred on the evening of February 19 near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
In the first accident, two men were killed. A man and woman were trying to cross the border on foot when they were spotted by authorities. They got into their getaway car – a Volvo – and refused to stop. The car crashed into a big rig at the intersection of Otay Mesa Road and Sanyo Avenue. The car went under big rig, causing its top to come off. Two men died at the accident scene. A 20-year-old female passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital.
An accident involving a minivan occurred 55 miles east in the community of Boulevard. Border Patrol agents attempted to pull over a Mazda MPV near Old Highway 80 and McCain Valley Road for immigration violations. The driver, a 23-year-old San Diego woman, did not stop. She lost control on Shasta Way and hit a pole and fence. She suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
There were four men in the back seat of the minivan. Two men, ages 25 and 27, were injured and taken to a local hospital. Two other men, ages 24 and 39, declined medical treatment. They are in Border Control custody.
Four men who said they were from Mexico were lying in the backseat, not wearing seatbelts, according to CHP.
Two of the men, ages 25 and 27, were also taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. The other two, ages 24 and 39, declined medical aid and were in Border Patrol custody.