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Victims and driver identified in deadly wrong-way crash

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A 21-year-old Marine has been identified as the wrong-way driver who caused a fatal crash on the SR-163 Saturday morning.

Jason King crashed his truck head-on into a Prius, killing two people. The crash happened around 1:30 a.m., Saturday in the fast lane of SR-163, just North of Interstate-8.

CHP reported receiving a few reports before the crash that King was traveling in the wrong direction, but unfortunately, officers were not able to get there in time. 

According to CHP, 21-year-old Jason Riley King, a Marine stationed at MCAS Miramar, was driving drunk and in the wrong direction. He was driving an elevated F-350 when he hit the Prius. 

The two people killed were UCSD Medical Students and were identified as 23-year-old Madison Cornwell of Mission Viejo, and 24-year-old Anne Li Baldock. Medics pronounced them dead at the scene of the accident. 

Dr. Maria Savoia, the Dean of Medical Education at UCSD's Medical School, said the two young woman were very special. 

"It's a loss for the world because they would have done wonderful things in the world. Annie Baldock was an incredible bright shinning star. She was an MDPhD student. She had just finished the first two years of the PhD part. Madison Cornwell had just finished her second year. She was about to embark on a trip to Malawi to help figure out better nutrition for starving children" said Dr. Savoia. 

The ages of the three men in the Prius range from mid-20's to early 30's, and suffered moderately serious to severe trauma, according to authorities. 

King was arrested after the crash on suspicion of DUI.

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As for King, firefighters had to cut through portions of his mangled F-350 truck to get him out.

He was then brought to UCSD to be treated for major injuries suffered in the crash.

Jason King faces two counts of Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and five counts of felony DUI causing injury or death.

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