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Police identify victims killed in Saturday's Midway area crash

The two-vehicle crash left 2 dead, and 3 injured near Rosecrans Street at Sports Arena Blvd.

SAN DIEGO — Two people were killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash in San Diego's Midway area, authorities said Sunday.

On Monday, SDPD identified the two people who were killed as 81-year-old Suad Alsamarai and 23-year-old Ahmed Mazin Salah Alrawi. 

Credit: Victim's family
SDPD identified victims as 81-year-old Suad Alsamarai and 23-year-old Ahmed Mazin Salah Alrawi

The crash was reported at 9:06 p.m. Saturday on Rosecrans Street at Sports Arena Blvd, said San Diego police Sgt. Kevin Gibson.

A 31-year-old man speeding in a westbound 1999 Toyota Tacoma truck in the 2900 block of Sports Arena Boulevard hit a median and went airborne, the San Diego Police Department reported.

The truck landed on top of a northbound 2015 Toyota Sienna van, in the 3800 block of Rosecrans Street, which had four occupants.

The man and a woman in the back of the van, later identified as 81-year-old Suad Alsamarai and 23-year-old Ahmed Mazin Salah Alrawi, died at the scene. 

Two other family members inside the van suffered back injuries and were taken to a hospital and later released.

CBS 8 spoke to the younger brother, Abdullah Alrawi, who said he was driving the van.  He said he had just pulled a U-turn when, in the blink of an eye, the truck came flying out of nowhere, hitting the van and causing it to roll over with his family inside.

Abdullah and his mother were in the front seat and were able to get out.

Some nearby good Samaritans helped him roll the van back over on its tires but his grandmother and brother were deceased.

The family of five had immigrated to the United States from Iraq in 2014.

Ahmed was a college student, set to graduate with a degree in cyber security in the winter, the family said.

During the chaos, the family's dog -- a 6-month-old German Shepherd named Cookie -- escaped from van and ran away into the darkness.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 31-year-old man, suffered broken bones and other injuries, police said, was transported to an area hospital.  His name has not been released as of Monday.

San Diego police urged anyone with any information regarding the crash to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

The Alrawi family has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for funeral expenses.

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