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UPDATE: Medical Examiner says 18-year-old killed in Olive Hill crash was Juan Zamudio of Fallbrook

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Issue 34, Volume 18.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor
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The San Diego County Medical Examiner (ME) has released the identity of the 18-year-old man killed in a Fallbrook crash on Sat., Aug. 16.

Juan Daniel Zamudio of Fallbrook was the right front passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tree in the 4700 block of Olive Hill Road.

The ME reported that Zumudio was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident but was in a sedan traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Olive Hill Road, just south of the intersection of Morro Hills Road, when the driver of the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the side of the road, struck a tree, and continued down the embankment.

The driver of the vehicle and a passenger in the back seat sustained major injuries in the crash and were transported via medical helicopter to regional hospitals.

According to an earlier report from the California Highway Patrol, it appears alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. All the men in the vehicle were estimated originally to be between 18 and 20 years old. Authorities have not released the names of the other men.

(previous story)

One killed, two suffer major injuries in Olive Hill road crash; CHP says alcohol likely a factor

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

One man was killed and two others injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday evening in Fallbrook.

According to Sgt. Hall of the California Highway Patrol, on August 16 at approximately 5:20 p.m., an unknown Hispanic male between the age of 18 and 20 was driving a 1996 Honda Civic southbound on Olive Hill Road, south of Morro Hills Road, at a high rate of speed. When the driver entered a left curve in the roadway, he failed to properly negotiate the curve and veered to the right. The vehicle left the roadway and collided into a tree.

"The right front passenger, an unknown Hispanic male 18 to 20 years old succumbed to injuries as a result of the collision," said Hall. "The right rear passenger, also a male between the age of 18 to 20, and the driver were taken by [medical helicopter] to Palomar Medical Center with major injuries."

"This collision is still under investigation and alcohol appears to have been a factor," said Hall.

According to the CHP, Olive Hill Road was closed at the scene of the accident for approximately two hours.

No names of those involved have been released by authorities at this time.



Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #1 | Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm
Aye Carumba.
Comment Profile ImageIBAM
Comment #2 | Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm
Any updates or names of the people envolved?
Comment Profile ImageOlive Hill resident
Comment #3 | Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm
The Lifeflight helicopter dropped right down near my home in an empty lot and took the young men away; let's pray they have a fighting chance to live, thanks to the first responders. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE...
Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #4 | Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm
How sad. So glad no other vehicles were involved.
Comment Profile ImageEmily
Comment #5 | Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:14 pm
So many accidents on Olive Hill Rd. 2.5 times more accidents than on other rural roads like it. How many accidents will warrant radar enforcement? Or at the very least, signs flashing your speed! If El Niño does make it here, may God help all of us that have to take Olive Hill Rd to get home.
Comment Profile Image...
Comment #6 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 3:39 am
RIP Canival
Comment Profile Imagea friend
Comment #7 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 6:39 am
Rest in piece Juan Zumudio
Comment Profile Imagemorro hills resident
Comment #8 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:23 am
The location of the crash was south of Morro Hills road, not north! Please slow down on our rural roads..The oak trees are winning!
Comment Profile ImageChip
Comment #9 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:44 am
RIP in Peace Juan
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook Mom
Comment #10 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:29 am
I have two sons and I know how boys can be.... I think about the possibilities every day and I am very sad for these boys' mothers.
Comment Profile ImageSOB
Comment #11 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:43 am
RIP Juan
Comment Profile ImageEdith
Comment #12 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:52 am
We're are is his mother and father at??
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #13 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:01 am
My son crashed his car in that very same area years ago when he was a senior in high school. No alcohol or drugs involved, just the typical stupidity of a 17 year old boy driving too fast in the rain and trying to show off. Thank God he walked away without a scratch and that no one else was injured. My heart goes out to the parents and family.
Comment Profile Imagejeeperz
Comment #14 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:14 am
@pink was your son Daren?
Comment Profile ImageFed Up
Comment #15 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm
It would seem that quite often in alcohol involved accidents, that the driver walks away and a passenger or two are killed. So, listen up.... I don't care if you're a teenager or older...if the driver has been drinking, don't ride with him / her. Either do not get in the vehicle, or get out of the vehicle, because chances are good that YOU will be the one who dies.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #16 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Nope, it was in 1993.
Comment Profile ImageRBc honda
Comment #17 | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:38 am
Rest in Peace Juan you will be missed
Comment Profile ImageRBC
Comment #18 | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:46 am
another RBC memeber gone forever. By the way MORRO HILLS RESIDENT trees dont win, its not a play game. Trees stay still waiting to recieve a hard hit.
Comment Profile ImageDeeGee
Comment #19 | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:18 am
I'm sorry to hear about the young man who passed away, and grieve for his family. I was driving out of town last week on the first day of school, and was practically run off Mission Rd, as two young men in a truck zipped past me, and other drivers. We were going the posted speed limit of 50 MPH, yet these two weaved between the rest of us, laughing, and eventually turned at the high school. I remember thinking to myself that that young man may end up killing himself or his passenger some day, due to his reckless disregard for the rules. It's frustrating to see that in spite of the driver safety programs schools have in place, many kids still think they are invincible. There are no simple answers, I guess. RIP young Mr. Zamudio...

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