Man Killed in National City Car Crash on Interstate 5 near State Route 54 Identified as Luis Marin
National City, California (January 14, 2020) – The man who died in a hit-and-run accident that happened early Saturday morning on Interstate 5 in National City has been identified as Luis Felipe Marin, 36, of San Ysidro, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.
The fatal wreck took place at about 4:52 a.m. Saturday, January 11 in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, just north of State Route 54.
Authorities said a black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was traveling in the fast lane of northbound Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed when the pickup truck illegally attempted to pass a red car by using the center emergency lane. The black pickup truck then struck a disabled car that was in the emergency lane and also hit the red car.
Moments later, a grey SUV slammed into the black pickup truck that was stopped due to the crash.
One occupant of the grey SUV, now identified as Marin, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the red car stopped at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck reportedly fled the scene after the crash. That driver was described as a 45-year-old man about 5 feet 10 inches. The California Highway Patrol officers said they have leads about the identity of the driver and have notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in case the driver attempts to cross into Mexico.
The crash caused the closure of all lanes of northbound I-5. Traffic was diverted off Highland Avenue while crews worked to clear the scene. All lanes were later reopened.
The accident remains under investigation.