SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities released the name Friday of a 32-year-old mechanic who was killed when a car plowed into the broken-down school bus he was trying to fix alongside rain-drenched Interstate 805 in North Park.
John Joaquin Jr. of Ramona was in the engine compartment of the otherwise unoccupied San Diego Unified School District vehicle, when the southbound 2005 Nissan Altima struck it from behind shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.
The crash left the motorist, a 41-year-old woman, seriously injured and Joaquin wedged in the engine compartment of the bus with a compound fracture to his left thighbone.
Medics took both to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where Joaquin underwent surgery to amputate his badly broken leg below the knee. Several hours later, his condition rapidly worsened, and he suffered cardiac arrest and died in an intensive-care unit, according to the county agency.
The motorist apparently lost control of her car because she was driving too fast for the wet conditions, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Athans said.