2 Boys Killed in I-15 Crash Sunday ID'd

The minivan they were in spun out and overturned Sunday north of Deer Springs Road on a stretch of freeway between San Diego and southwest Riverside County.

Authorities released the names today of two 10-year-old San Diego boys who died over the weekend in a North County San Diego freeway crash that involved a Temecula driver.

Latrelle Pearson and Xevier Ruffin were among seven passengers in a 2002 Dodge Caravan that collided with a 2008 Scion tC on southbound Interstate 15 near Escondido about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol and county Medical Examiner's Office.

The minivan spun out and overturned north of Deer Springs Road. Latrelle, who was unrestrained, was thrown onto the roadway, while Xevier, who was wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected. Both boys died at the scene.

The driver of the Caravan, 52-year-old Roy Ruffin Jr. of San Diego, suffered minor injuries, CHP public-affairs Officer Chris Parent said. Medics took him and four of his other passengers to hospitals for evaluation and treatment.

The driver of the Scion, Temecula resident Lisa Wehus, 24, was uninjured. She was able to drive her damaged car onto a center median, Parent said.

The exact cause of the accident was unclear, but it apparently involved an attempted lane change on the part of one of the two motorists, according to Parent.

murrieta@gal July 16, 2012 at 11:19 PM
hits home as I have a 10 year old. RIP peace boys and my prayers go out to the families.
LifeinTtown July 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I hope she wasn't texting while she was driving - that would be a hard thing to live with the rest of your life. Hopefully they are investigating that
Sandie July 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
This is just so sad. I travel this road at least once a week. Unfortuntely I see cars weaving in and out between the lanes all the time. Frustrated drivers who do this because the passing lane is going slower than the other lanes. When will something be done about this. I have been in this lane when the person up in front is doing less than the speed limit.....they need to get a ticket!!
drg July 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM
+1 Sandie - Agreed. I've lived in many States where this is enforced and it truly helps with safety. For some reason I-15 drivers simply ignore the "Keep Right Except to Pass" signs. It's amazing the pools of congestion that it causes and yes, frustrated drivers do end up changing lanes much more than they should to get around/through it.
frosty July 20, 2012 at 07:42 PM
So sad. I have to say though how can anyone allow thier child to be unrestrained in a moving vehicle??!!


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