The freeway systems we have in Southern California can sometimes become confusing because of their complexity. Even at times when there is less traffic on the roadway, construction, closures or poorly lit or marked roadways can be frustrating. It is not difficult to become disoriented and find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you end up going the wrong way on a one-way street or interstate, it can become a deadly situation as well.
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According to authorities, that may be what caused a fatal motorcycle crash in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 4th. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that while the motorcyclist has been speeding on the Interstate 5 freeway at the time of the accident, the at-fault driver had been traveling southbound in the northbound lands.
A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said in a statement that the crash happened at approximately 4:48 a.m. on the Pacific Highway off-ramp when the motorcyclist collided with a Toyota sedan traveling southbound on the northbound offramp.
Authorities have identified Jason Alexander Wentt, 44, of Chula Vista as the crash victim. The County Medical Examiner’s Office issued a statement saying that Wentt had taken the Pacific Highway Exit and collided with a wrong-way vehicle. The driver of the Toyota did stop and called 911.
Emergency crews arrived on the scent to find Wentt unconscious and non-responsive. All attempts to save Wentt failed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
CHP officials have not released any further details about the crash or stated what potential charges the wrong way driver may face.