Three Injured in Hit-Run Crash Involving Towed Boat on I-5 in Chula Vista

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
October 25, 2021 Updated: October 25, 2021

CHULA VISTA, Calif.—Three people were injured early Oct. 25, two seriously, when their car collided with a boat that had fallen off a trailer on Interstate 5 near San Diego Bay, authorities reported.

The crash occurred about 12:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 5, north of Palomar Street in Chula Vista, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Emergency personnel arrived to find a 30-foot boat lying in the roadway near a damaged 2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 that had collided with it, CHP public affairs Officer Jesse Matias said.

The driver of the truck and trailer that was towing the vessel drove off following the incident, Matias said.

Paramedics took two people who had been riding in the sedan to University of California–San Diego Medical Center with major trauma. The driver, a 48-year-old Spring Valley man, was treated for less serious injuries.

The motorist who fled the scene of the accident remained unidentified and at large at midday.