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John Ryan Mantz Is DUI Suspect in Crash That Injured Dad and Daughter, 9

Head-on crash involving pickup and Hyundai sedan leads to arrest and jailing on $100,000 bail.

Updated at 11:25 a.m. Sept. 29, 2012

A 21-year-old man has been arrested for suspicion of felony drunken driving after a head-on collision that severely injured a father and daughter in San Diego Country Estates.

The driver, identified Saturday as John Ryan Mantz, was treated at a hospital for injuries he suffered in the crash at San Vicente and Ramona Oaks roads at 8:17 p.m. Thursday. Following hospitalization, he was arrested and held on $100,000 bail.

His arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in El Cajon Superior Court, according to jail records.

Mantz was driving a Ford F-150 west on Ramona Oaks Road when he crossed into oncoming traffic striking a blue Hyundai Veloster, said CHP officer Brian Pennings.

Firefighters cut away part of the Hyundai to remove the 9-year-old girl, who was flown to Rady Children's Hospital. Her father was airlifted to Sharp Memorial Hospital in a second helicopter.

Both were treated for broken bones and numerous lacerations, Pennings said.

Mantz was taken by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for
treatment.

Original story

A head-on crash Thursday night between a pickup truck and a Hyundai, possibly involving a drunken driver, has sent two men and an 8-year-old girl (later reported as 9) to three hospitals, said the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer Brian Pennings said a man driving a Ford F-150 truck crossed the double-yellow lines on westbound Ramona Oaks Road east of San Vicente Road and hit an eastbound Hyundai about 8:10 p.m.

The father and daughter were taken by helicopter to Sharp Mercy Hospital and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, respectively, Pennings said.

The man driving the truck, suspected of DUI, was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

The extent of injuries and identities of the victims were not yet known, and Pennings said no other details of the crash were immediately available.

NBC San Diego reported that the father and daughter were on their way home from soccer practice.

“CHP said the driver of the truck acted intoxicated at the scene and smelled of alcohol,” said NBC San Diego, which included photos of the wreckage. “He’s being investigated for a suspected DUI as officials investigate the cause of the accident.”

Jerry September 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Way to many speeders on Ramona Oaks Rd.
M Workman September 28, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Not that it matters, but she is nine. And you're right Jerry, and it makes it worse if you're DRUNK and speeding.
Diana September 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Yes, too many speeders. Our backyard faces Ramona Oaks and about two or three weeks ago some teenagers driving too fast lost control and hit the water hydrant. If it wasn't there they would have rammed into our backyard. Now it makes me nervous to have our kids play in the backyard.
kay September 28, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Diana, hey i would like to apologize that was actually my car that hit that hydrant. i wasnt speeding when it happened i was distracted by a friend i was actually under speed limit when the crash occured, not that it matters. also not a teenager either.. it was a huge mistake and i havent been able to apologize for it so i would like to now. im sorry!!
Lisa September 29, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I would like to know where John got drunk before he hit the road, because I see a lot of regular drinkers leaving the Club in their cars, but they tend to be older drivers. Someone 21 is not experienced enough as a driver, or a drinker, to be good at either - so who is serving this person and then letting them leave to drive? And if it was drinking at a friends, shouldn't they be liable also? This town is full of too many liquor stores, wineries, bars, and some who just should not be driving. "Drink responsibly" has nothing to do with driving. We need to be thankful there is no drinking at Barona or we would really see a lot of car carnage.
Lisa September 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
My prayers go out to the father and daughter. What a horrible situation for them at the hands of a careless idiot.
Pamela October 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I would like to know the same thing. I am tired of the parties on our private road which have drunk drivers leaving at all hours of the night and disrespecting the neighbors who don't live that same lifestyle. When you call the police, it is difficult to get them to show up or shut it down. It's sickening and is cheapening what good neighborhoods are left in Ramona, and clearly harming society.
bret martinson October 19, 2012 at 08:53 AM
Prayers go out to the family but john is not an idot he is a kid that made a mistake and has a big heart.I just left him in custody and he prays for the family every nite he knows he deserves to do time and is bettering himself. bret

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