Update: SR 78 Head-On Crash Kills 4, Leaves 6-Year-Old in Critical Condition

Two adults and two juveniles were killed in a two-vehicle car crash near Santa Ysabel Tuesday.

Updated at 9:37 a.m. on Aug. 29

Two adults and two juveniles were killed in a two-vehicle crash off State Route 78, near Santa Ysabel on Tuesday afternoon, CHP Officer Larry Landeros told Patch.

A 33-year-old San Diego woman was driving a Honda Odyssey with a 67-year-old female passenger and six children in the back who ranged in age from 3 to 13, according to CHP Officer Brian Pennings.

They were headed east on state Route 78 near the intersection with State Route 79 about 3:15 p.m. when the vehicle collided head-on with a 2010 Pontiac Vibe being driven west by a man whose name was not released, Pennings said.

Both drivers were killed along with an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl, Pennings said. They died at the scene, he said.

Pennings told Patch that the 67-year-old and a 6-year-old are in serious condition. A 3-year-old boy, an 8-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl sustained moderate to minor injuries, Pennings said.

Landeros told Patch that the injured kids were transported to Rady's Children’s Hospital.

Pennings said that it's unknown if everyone was restrained in the van but that it was "a possibility."

The head-on collision prompted the closure of State Route 78 in both directions in the Santa Ysabel area east of Julian.

Landeros said that the cause of the crash remaines under investigation.

–City News Service contributed to this report

Karletta Herrera August 30, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I knew Ms. Mary from working with her and her daughters for a few years at Wegeforth Elementary School in SDUSD. I loved them. I love them now. Greatest mom I ever met. Great co-worker. Great lady. Awesome kids. Awesome! ! Kids!! It's weird how one minute you see them, the next you'll never again be with those awesome smiles. They will be forever remembered. They will be forever missed. Mary, God Bless you and your girls. God be with her other girls. Karletta former Wegeforth kitchen breakfast and lunch lady.
Ramona-resident August 31, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Um, it never said anything about the cars involved speeding or racing. Why are people so ignorant and assuming? Why don you just keep your comments to yourself unless you actually know what happened. Since the CHP are still investigating I would say you are not an expert on the crash either, Kevin Oconnor. Just be mindful of the loves ones whose lives will forever be affected by this tragedy.
greg Chick September 04, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Good comment "Resident" Too often booze or speed is involved, but just think what survivors feel, and may be left with their whole life...Driving can be unforgiving, typos can be less disastrous, I am sure people just get "triggered" when they read this stuff and PTSD gets them and pictures fly.... in the mind.
helen September 29, 2012 at 09:57 AM
The story that was going around at the time was that one car tried to pass another. That second car sped up and would not allow the first car to get in front. The first car then hit the oncoming car with all the kids in it. Supposedly, the CHP was on the lookout for the car that would not allow the first car to pass, as this caused the accident.
greg Chick September 29, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Kills 4 and there are "stories" please be careful. Lives are affected for ever.


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