By Miriam Raftery
November 30, 2018 (Boulevard) – Three people died and eight others sustained injuries in a crash at 4:30 a.m. yesterday on I-8 near Crestwood, following pursuit of a white Chevrolet Silverado by U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Agents tried to conduct an enforcement stop near the border in East County, but the driver instead led agents onto I-8 and a high-speed chase ensued. Border Patrol agents deployed a spike strip. As a result, the driver of the Silverado lost control on I-8 east of Crestwood, went up an embankment and became airborne, then rolled down the embankment back onto the main lanes of I-8 west. The vehicle came to rest on its left side, blocking one lane of traffic, says Officer Travis Garrow with the California Highway Patrol.
The Chevrolet had 11 adults inside when the collision occurred. According to Officer Garrow, CHp believes that two occupants were in the cab of the Chevrolet and the rest were lying in the bed of the pick-up.
“All occupants with the exception of the driver were unrestrained and were ejected from the vehicle,” he says. “Three of the occupants were pronounced deceased on scene. All of the other occupants sustained moderate to major injuries and were transported via ground ambulance to several local hospitals in San Diego.”
The driver is currently in custody with Border Patrol and is being treated for his injuries at a local hospital. At this time, none the occupant’s names and identities have been determined.
Alcohol and or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this collision at this time.