SAN YSIDRO (CNS) - Two people were struck and killed by a car after an apparent attempt to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border in the predawn hours Sunday.
A van loaded with at least nine people sped north out of Mexico, up the wrong way on Interstate 5 at the San Ysidro port of entry, at around 1:45 a.m., according to Border Patrol officer Tekae Michael.
The vehicle stopped on the shoulder and the nine bailed out of the vehicle, about a mile north of the International Boundary, at about 1:48 a.m., Michael said.
Border Patrol agents did not initially pursue the vehicle, but attempted to make contact with the passengers of the vehicle at about 2 a.m.
At about 2:06 a.m., two of the passengers were reported to have suddenly run in front of a southbound Chevrolet Trailblazer, which had been traveling south at about 65 miles per hour in the number four lane, near Via de San Ysidro, according to the CHP.
The driver of the Trailblazer attempted to evade the two, but was unsuccessful and both were struck, the CHP said.
The driver pulled over to the right shoulder immediately after the crash and called 911, the CHP said.
The two pedestrains died of their injuries at the scene.
Border Patrol agents arrested the seven other passengers.
A portion of the freeway was closed for a short time after the crash, but was reopened by 3 a.m., Michael said.
Distraught doesn't begin to describe the family of Jermaine Barnes, a Mountain View man left with life-threatening brain injuries after he was hit by a car Friday night outside of his home.
Gun owners were given the chance to trade in their unwanted firearms for cash or a skateboard at a gun buyback event hosted by local police and faith leaders on Saturday.
More than 140 children received early Christmas gifts Saturday thanks to a local church and the county's bravest men and women.
The replacement event for the long-running but now-defunct Chargers Blood Drive was held Saturday at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.
A five-county funeral procession will be held Sunday for a San Diego firefighter who died battling the Thomas Fire.
After 10 days of destruction, the Lilac Fire was 100 percent contained Saturday, fire officials announced.
A 32-year-old Cal Fire engineer from northern San Diego County was killed Thursday while fighting the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.
San Diego County's inland valleys and mountains remain under a red flag warning Friday morning due to high temperatures, dry air and gusty Santa Ana winds creating dangerous fire conditions.
A candlelight vigil was held Friday evening in El Cajon to remember the Granite Hills High School senior killed in a car crash on Monday.