MISSING MOTORIST FOUND DEAD IN CRASH OFF I-8 NEAR LA POSTA

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Update: The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old James Will, a Mountain Empire football star, East County Sports reports.

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2016 (La Posta) — A Campo man driving a 2004 Acura TSX was reported missing yesterday at 12:30 p.m. to the California Highway Patrol and Sheriff  after failing to reach his destination in Pine Valley, where he planned to pick up his great-grandmother at 6 a.m. yesterday morning. 

The CHP’s Jacumba post unit immediately checked the westbound side of I-8 from the Boulevard area, the driver’s last known location.  At 1:05 p.m., a CHP officer noticed disturbed dirt in the center median and checked over the side of the downhill embankment, where he spotted wreckage of the vehicle.

The deceased man, whose name has not yet been released to media, apparently lost control during a rainstorm and struck a bridge railing on the right shoulder, then spun out into the center median west of the bridge. The Acura launched over the side and down an embankment, overturning multiple times.

The motorist, who was not wearing a seatbelt, had been ejected from the vehicle, said Officer Mary Bailey with the CHP.  The crash was not visible from the highway and he was found dead at the scene.  He was the only occupant of the vehicle.