Marine killed in crash while helping disabled vehicle on freeway identified
SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) A 20-year-old Marine who was struck and killed while he assisted a driver in a disabled vehicle on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton was identified Tuesday as Alberto Lucio.
Lucio, who was stationed at the nearby base, stopped after a driver in a Ford Edge crashed the SUV in the southbound lanes near Las Pulgas Road about 3:20 a.m. Monday. The vehicle was in the traffic lanes without its lights on, according to the California Highway Patrol and county Medical Examiner's Office.
As Lucio assisted the driver and a passenger, the driver of a box truck crashed into the Marine and the disabled SUV, the CHP said.
Lucio died at the scene.
The SUV driver, a 36-year-old man, and his passenger, a 31-year-old woman, suffered major injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment. An update on their condition was not available Tuesday.
CHP Sgt. Nicole Pacheco said the SUV driver remained hospitalized Tuesday and is expected to be booked into jail when he is released from the hospital, but she did not say what charges he could face. She said the charges will be announced when he is arraigned.
Traffic was backed up for miles while CHP officers at the scene investigated the crash.
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