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Deadly crash on SR-67 caused by suicidal driver

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Douglas M. Menegos Douglas M. Menegos
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LAKESIDE (CBS 8) - The Medical Examiner has released the names of two people who died in a head-on crash in Lakeside Friday. 

Trista Stier was speeding the wrong way on state Route 67 when she slammed head on into Douglas Menegos.

"Witnesses did indicate that the Ford traveled around their vehicles....onto state Route 67 the wrong way," California Highway Patrol Sgt. Frank Lamb said.

The driver of that Ford has been identified as 29-year-old Trista Stier.

We have since learned the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office has declared her death a suicide -- indicating she drove the wrong way on purpose.

Records show the truck she was in had expired tags and no insurance, which means it shouldn't have been on the road.

The person she plowed into was 49-year-old Douglas Menegos of Alpine. He died shortly after being flown to Scripps Mercy Hospital.

"It's definitely a very violent crash...head on crash, especially with vehicle in the wrong lane at the speed limit of 65 miles per hour," Sgt. Lamb said.

Menegos' father-in-law Frank Lowrey says  the entire family is still reeling from the loss of a man who dedicated his life to his wife and two children.

"Doug was the most likeable person that you'll ever meet," Lowrey said. "It doesn't make sense for somebody as good and as family oriented as him to have somebody that didn't want to live that couldn't drive off a cliff or take pills, if that is what you wanted."

Following the crash, loved ones set up a memorial page for Menegos. 

One post says, "Doug leaves behind his loving wife and best friend Lisa along with their beautiful children Kara, 20 and Jacob, 17. Doug was a devoted family man who was taken way too soon."

A fundraising page has also been created to help pay for Menegos' funeral expenses. As of Monday afternoon, more than $13,000 has been raised.

Menegos was driving a truck registered to Select Electric Incorporated, a local contracting firm.

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