3 Women Killed in Bus Crash on I-15 Freeway; 17 Hospitalized
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2020) — Cinthya Karely Rodriguez Banda, 23, has been identified as the third woman who died Saturday when a charter bus overturned on the Interstate 15 Freeway near Fallbrook in San Diego County.
The two other women who died in the rollover bus crash were Maria De La Luz Diaz, 67 of Riverside, and Julia Perez Cornejo, 73 of Pasadena, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner.
The three women were pronounced dead at the scene, according to information from the California Highway Patrol.
All together there were 21 people aboard the charter bus that was bound for Tijuana from El Monte, California.
Eighteen others including the bus driver were injured, but the driver was the only one who was not hospitalized.
The driver reportedly lost control on rain-slicked roads on the southbound side of the I-15, just south of state Route 76 in Pala Mesa and north of Escondido, police said. Police say the driver was heading up a steep road when he lost control and the bus swerved to the right and overturned multiple times.
The 52-year-old Whittier man driving the bus cooperated with police at a nearby station and he gave a blood sample.
A full investigation into the tragedy is underway to determine whether or not mechanical problems were a factor.
The bus company has no record of collisions and it passed all inspections over the past two years, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation website.
Johnson Attorneys Group does not represent any of the parties mentioned above nor is it our intent to represent any of the parties. If you have legal questions or would like to contribute to this story, please contact us.