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November 11, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The past month has been deadly on East County roadways.  Accidents in Jamul, Spring Valley, San Diego, Lakeside, and Ramona have claimed the lives of several local residents.

Steven John Eastman, 24, of El Cajon died November 3 of injuries sustained when he was struck by a cement truck while walking along Mission Gorge Road and Cottonwood Avenue on November 1. Witnesses called 911 and paramedics found him unresponsive. He was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where despite treatment, his health declined.

Alejandro Castro Flores of Escondido has been identified by the Medical Examiner as the driver and sole occupant of a Chevrolet pickup truck that veered into oncoming traffic on State Route 94 east of Otay Lakes Road in Jamul on October 27 at 5:40 p.m., colliding head-on with another vehicle. Flores, 47, died at the scene of blunt force injuries to his torso. 

Five-year-old Bella Bernice Noble of Ramona was with her family visiting friends when her mother accidentally backed over her in the driveway. She was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital, where death was pronounced despite efforts to revive her shortly after the accident on October 17. 

Samuel Aroldo Rivera of San Diego, 21, died October 19 in a rollover accident on State Route 125 in Spring Valley. He was driving a BMW with three passengers, traveling northbound near Jamacha Road when, for unknown reasons, he lost control, crossed the center divide and rolled over several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene due to obvious fatal trauma.

Andrew Byard Spriggs Jr., 43, of Lakeside was found dead in a vehicle outside a scrap yard business in Chula Vista on September 21.  Workers heard a loud noise and discovered a sedan engulfed in flames. After the blaze was extinguished by firefighters, Spriggs’ body was found in the vehicle. The Medical Examiner has determined that thermal injuries and inhalation of products of combustion caused his death, which was ruled an accident.