Two killed in separate accidents on I-8

June 09, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

Two people died in two separate accidents 10 minutes apart on Interstate 8 Saturday morning, according to California Highway Patrol press releases.

Pamela Fonseca, 41, of El Centro died after her Ford Explorer overturned near an eastbound escape ramp along Interstate 8 between In-co-pah and Mountain Springs.

The accident occurred as Fonseca was traveling east on I-8 about 10:40 a.m. when the vehicle she was driving swerved onto the right shoulder of the roadway.

She overcorrected, according to the Highway Patrol, lost control of the vehicle and it rolled onto its roof. The vehicle slid off the road and the driver's side struck the ramp's guard rail. The vehicle skidded along the rail before plummeting over it and down a rocky embankment beneath the ramp, landing upright.


Fonseca, who was traveling alone, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Heber woman died minutes later several miles east of the accident that killed Fonseca, according to the Highway Patrol.

The second accident occurred about 10:50 a.m. on Interstate 8 about two miles west of Dunaway Road.

Surya M. Reddy, 42, of Hemet, was driving east with seven other family members about 10:50 a.m. when the left front tire of his minivan lost air. The minivan drifted to its left, according to the Highway Patrol, and Reddy overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to rotate counterclockwise onto the road's edge.

Attempting to gain control of the vehicle, Reddy turned right and the vehicle overturned on the center median.

Three of four passengers not wearing seat belts were ejected from the vehicle, including Jayamma Kandala, 62, of Hemet, who was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries. An 11-year-old passenger sustained major injuries and three other juvenile passengers sustained minor injuries.

Two adult female passengers suffered mild to moderate injuries.

Reddy sustained moderate injuries.

All passengers were transported to ECRMC and treated for injuries.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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