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Driver accused of DUI in deadly wrong-way crash

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Nicholas Gervais Nicholas Gervais
John Mathew Hajosy John Mathew Hajosy

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A man accused of driving drunk on the wrong side of a San Diego highway is in custody Sunday after a deadly crash.

The CHP says the driver of a BMW was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he slammed head-on into a sedan.

On Sunday, CBS News 8 cameras captured exclusive video of the BMW driver, who the CHP is identifying as 28-year-old Nicholas Gervais, being wheeled out of Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest and put into a CHP patrol car.

The crash happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday on state Route 94, near Federal Boulevard. Gervais was driving the wrong way on the highway when he crashed into a Nissan sedan.

"The victim traveling in the number one and two lanes traveling eastbound collided head-on with the wrong-way driver and sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision," Sgt. Denham said.

The victim was 28-year-old John Mathew Hajosy of La Mesa. His family told CBS News 8 it was too early to talk about the crash. A crash that could have well been avoided.

"The wrong-way driver was also under the influence of alcohol...driving a BMW 330i," Sgt. Denham said.

Hajosy died at the scene, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

CBS News 8 researched Gervais' and found his Facebook page he says he lives in East County and is from Chicago. Gervais says he works at Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. in Santee.

Gervais also posted a profile on touting himself as an experienced actor and musician. He says he participated in state productions and concerts as an extra.

Gervais suffered minor injuries, while his passenger sustained serious injuries.

Gervais faces three felony charges and is being held on $100,000 bail. Jail records show Gervais' arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

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