Calexican dies in 111, Jasper accident

November 21, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A collision between three vehicles on Highway 111 north of here left one man dead and resulted in the closure of the north lanes of the highway for more than two hours.

Killed was Bernardino Lopez Lopez, 76, of Calexico.

According to the Calexico Police Department, the lead agency in the investigation, Lopez was traveling north on the highway near Jasper Road in his sport-utility vehicle about 1:50 p.m.

As he neared the Jasper intersection, Jamie Sinclair, 32, of El Centro attempted to make a left turn from the highway onto Jasper. As she did her car turned into the path of Lopez's vehicle.

The vehicles collided, causing Sinclair's car to spin out of control into the path of another sport-utility vehicle stopped at Jasper, waiting to make a right onto the highway. That SUV was driven by Genaro Dominguez, 45, of Calexico.


Lopez was rushed from the scene by ambulance to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Lopez was driving with his daughter and granddaughter. They were not injured in the collision.

Sinclair was taken to the El Centro hospital. Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr said she was treated and released.

Dominguez had three passengers in his vehicle. None was injured.

Neujahr said everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt.

As of this morning no citations had been issued and the collision remained under investigation.

The collision caused the closure of the northbound lanes of Highway 111 for more than two hours as Calexico police investigated the wreck. Traffic was rerouted until the scene could be cleared.

Broken glass from the vehicles were scattered across the northbound lanes.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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