2 killed in wrong-way col­li­sion in Paci­fica

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By Sarah Ra­vani Sarah Ra­vani is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: sra­[email protected]­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @SarRa­vani

Two people were killed early Satur­day in a col­li­sion caused by a wrong­way driver on High­way 1 in Paci­fica.

North­bound lanes were shut down for nearly five hours, au­thor­i­ties said. They re­opened about 9:30 a.m.

Of­fi­cers re­ceived a call at 4:13 a.m. that the driver of a Toy­ota Prius was go­ing south­bound in the north­bound lanes of High­way 1 near Claren­don Road, said Of­fi­cer Bert Diaz, a spokesman for the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

At 4:18 a.m., of­fi­cers re­ceived a sec­ond call that there was a head-on col­li­sion in­volv­ing the Toy­ota and a Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado, which was trav­el­ing north on High­way 1, Diaz said.

A pas­sen­ger, a man in his 20s or 30s, was ejected from the Toy­ota and pro­nounced dead at the scene. His name was not re­leased. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve he was not wear­ing a seat belt when the crash oc­curred, Diaz said.

Another pas­sen­ger in the Toy­ota was also pro­nounced dead at the scene. The vic­tim was de­scribed as a woman in her 20s or 30s.

The man who was driv­ing the Toy­ota was trans­ported to San Fran­cisco Gen­eral Hospi­tal, where he was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve he also was not wear­ing a seat belt, Diaz said.

The two male oc­cu­pants of the Chevro­let pickup truck also were trans­ported to the hospi­tal with in­juries that were not con­sid­ered lifethreat­en­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether drugs or al­co­hol were fac­tors in the crash.

The col­li­sion came six days af­ter two people were killed and nine oth­ers were in­jured in a crash in­volv­ing a wrong­way driver on High­way 101 in San Fran­cisco. That wrong-way driver struck two cars be­fore plow­ing into a mini­van car­ry­ing seven people just south of Ce­sar Chavez Street.

The mini­van op­er­a­tor, iden­ti­fied as Wa­heedul­lah Eti­mad, 40, of Con­cord, was killed in the crash. The wrong-way driver, iden­ti­fied as Kayla Wil­son, 21, of San Jose, also was killed.

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