By Miriam Raftery
January 3, 2019 (Jamul) – Two young people were killed in a collision with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that occurred around 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, December 31st Campo Road (Highway 94) near Lyons Valley Road in Jamul, one mile north of the Jamul Casino.
Yannis Alekos Floros, 21, was driving east on the highway approaching the intersection when he lost control and spun sideways into oncoming traffic. The passenger side of the vehicle collided with the front end of a westbound SUV. Floros was transported to a trauma center where despite aggressive resuscitation efforts, he was pronounced dead a short time later, on January 1, 2019, the County Medical Examiner’s office reports.
Tabia Watson, 20, was found unresponsive in the passenger seat of Floros’ vehicle; despite life saving measures, she died at the scene.
The accident forced shutdown of the highway for emergency response and the investigation into the crash.
Reagan Rezendes, Floros’ cousin, wrote this tribute to the couple on Facebook after hearing of the tragedy: “They were amazing, beautiful, strong, caring, intelligent, deep thinking, young adults. I will forever hold them in my heart and I will never be the same now that they're gone.”