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Fatal Crash in Torrey Pines Area

On Monday night, April 25, two teenage passengers were killed and two others were seriously injured after a suspected drunken driver lost control of his car near Torrey Pines State Beach. 

According to Del Mar Times, the crash occurred at 11pm alongside North Torrey Pines Road south of Carmel Valley Road. 

Site of the Torrey Pines State Beach crash | Photo courtesy of KGTV

San Diego Police Officer John Buttle stated that a 911 caller who had been inside the vehicle told police the group was traveling on North Torrey Pines Road, which runs along Torrey Pines State Beach. Then suddenly the vehicle ended up on the beach. 

It has been reported that the  2020 Subaru WRX was going south at a high speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle, hit the center median, and then the guardrail before rolling down the embankment onto the beach. 

The site where the fast moving vehicle broke through the guardrail and rolled down the cliff onto Torrey Pines State Beach | Photo courtesy of 7 San Diego

According to Times of San Diego, the two passengers killed in the fatal car crash have been identified as Joshua Adonai Manzaneres and Johnny Ildefonzo Punzalan who were both 19 and from Lake Elsinore. They had been ejected from the vehicle and were both not wearing seatbelts. 

Manzaneres had died at the scene of the crash, but the other three passengers were removed from the vehicle and taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital for treatment of trauma. The 19 year old who had been driving the car only had minor injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation and it is currently unclear whether the driver will face criminal charges due to the suspicion that intoxication was a factor in the crash.