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San Diego man arrested after two passengers die in high-speed crash

April 19, 2014|By Tony Perry

SAN DIEGO -- A 26-year-old San Diego man was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular homicide after two passengers in his Nissan Sentra were killed in a high-speed crash.

Mario Alberto Castaneda Carranza was driving at 70 mph on Interstate 8 near Lakeside in eastern San Diego County when he apparently lost control of his car at approximately 7:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 1997 vehicle crashed through a chain-link fence and smashed into a concrete culvert. Carranza's passengers -- a 20-year-old man from Chula Vista and a 20-year-old woman from San Diego -- were killed on impact, the CHP said.

Carranza sustained injuries described as major but not life-threatening and was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

Carranza was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk-driving causing death and vehicular homicide involving alcohol, the CHP said. Carranza has a previous drunk-driving conviction, the CHP said.

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tony.perry@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATsandiego

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