Four people killed in California after US Navy member drives truck off bridge

Four people have died and nine are injured after a member of the US Navy drove his pick-up truck off a bridge into a music festival crowd.

Richard Anthony Sepolio lost control of his truck, which plunged 60ft over a bridge in San Diego.

The 25-year-old has been taken to hospital where he remains critical after the accident at Chicano Park. He was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, causing deaths and injuries.

Those who died are two men, aged 62 and 59, and two women, aged 50 and 49.

A spokesman for the city’s Fire Rescue Department said one person had suffered major injuries while a further eight had minor to moderate injuries.

Jake Sanchez, a California Highway Patrol officer, said: “It’s horrible. It’s horrific. We had innocent people down there having a good time and now they’re gone.”

Eyewitnesses said they saw a truck fly off the freeway, landing on a tent in front of a stage set up for a festival in the park.

Dolores D’Angelo, who was due to perform with her band at the Chicano Park festival said: “I saw a car flying through the air, right off the bridge. I couldn’t see anybody driving the car. It looked as if Superman had thrown a car right off the bridge. It was just flying down.

Pieces of car parts were flying all over the place. When we got up, we turned around. Everybody started running over there because we realised there were people sitting there.

“We were trying to get in to see if we could maybe lift up the car, move the car out of the way to see if we could get the people out.”

The driver is believed to be an active duty service member with the US Navy, stationed in Coronado.

Paramedics treated those with minor injuries at the scene of the accident while those critically injured were blue-lighted to UC San Diego Medical Center, Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp Coronado.

At the time of the accident, there were more than 100 people in Chicano Park, where La Raza Run was taking place, a motorcycle festival with live music, food, art and a tribute to fallen riders.

At the heart of Barrio Logan, a predominantly Mexican-American community on the outskirts of San Diego, Chicano Park is renowned for its heritage-led collection of outdoor murals and artwork.

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