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San Diego woman killed after vehicle overturns on I-8

July 23, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A 61-year-old San Diego woman was killed Sunday when she reportedly lost control of her car and it overturned on Interstate 8 as she started down the mountain grade into the Imperial Valley.

The accident occurred at 6:40 a.m. on Interstate 8 near In-Ko-Pah Road.

Killed was Teresa Ashley, who was driving east on I-8 at a speed above the posted 65 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A passenger in the vehicle, Felipa Martinez, 42, of San Diego, suffered moderate injuries and was being treated in Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. There was no specific information available on the extent of her injuries.

The Highway Patrol stated in a press release that Ashley allowed her car to drift off the north road edge of I-8 and onto the dirt shoulder.

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When she overcorrected, she lost control of the car. The vehicle drove into the dirt center median and overturned. The vehicle came to a rest in the westbound lanes of I-8.

The Highway Patrol reported both women were wearing seat belts.

No other vehicles were involved. The investigation into the accident was ongoing.

Ashley died at the scene.

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