SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The man and woman who were killed by fatal wrecks on the 15 Freeway during Friday's evening rush-hour rainstorm were publicly identified Sunday.
In the first crash, just after 5 p.m. in Mira Mesa Rogelio Colchero, 68, of San Diego was killed.
Mabel Bahena, 19, of San Diego, was killed in an unrelated crash about a half hour later and about 13 miles south of the first crash.
Colchero was a passenger in a Geo Prism traveling south in Interstate 15's HOV lane, just north of the Mira Mesa Boulevard exit, shortly after 5 p.m., according to the Medical Examiner.
The driver of another vehicle lost control, swerved into the HOV lane, and crashed into Colchero's car, which was then struck by a minivan, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. Colchero was pronounced dead on the freeway, of multiple blunt force injuries.
Bahena was killed on the 15 Freeway - in City Heights, at about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
She was the passenger in a Volkswagen Jetta traveling north of the University Avenue exit.
The VW driver lost control, and it crashed into a truck parked on the shoulder, the Medical Examiner's office said. Bahena was killed by blunt force head injuries, the office declared Sunday.
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