ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A collision on a rain-drenched North County freeway killed a 48-year-old man Monday and sent two other people to a hospital.
The crash occurred about 9:40 a.m., when Analley Mendoza, 20, lost control of her southbound 1999 BMW on Interstate 15 at state Route 78 in Escondido, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The car slid across the wet pavement and spun counter-clockwise into the far left-hand lane of the freeway, directly into the path of a 2000 Ford Econoline with 13 people in it, CHP public-affairs Officer Chris Parent said.
The van struck the right side of the sedan, fatally injuring Mendoza's passenger. The man, a Vista resident whose name was withheld pending notification of his family, died at the scene of the crash.
An ambulance crew took Mendoza to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of moderately serious injuries, Parent said. The driver of the van, 55-year-old Gabriel Gutierrez of El Monte, went to the same hospital for evaluation of chest pains.
At the time of the accident, Gutierrez was taking 12 people to Tijuana, the spokesman said. Those passengers apparently were unharmed.
The crash left three southbound lanes on the interstate blocked for about two hours.