2 passengers killed in possible DUI crash in La Jolla

Two passengers were killed in a crash on Girard Avenue in La Jolla early Nov. 22.

A car driven by a 26-year-old man crashed into a palm tree around 3:15 a.m. on Girard Avenue, police say. Two passengers ages 19 and 21 were killed.


Two passengers were killed when a car driven by a man suspected of being under the influence ran into a palm tree while speeding in La Jolla early Nov. 22, police said.

The 26-year-old man was driving his Nissan Altima at high speed west on Torrey Pines Road around 3:15 a.m. when he made a left turn onto Girard Avenue, lost control of the car and slammed into the tree in the 7500 block, San Diego police said.

The driver was injured in the crash and was taken to a hospital to be treated. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, Officer Dino Delimitros said.

Delimitros said the man was suspected of driving under the influence. The driver’s name was not immediately released.

Two male passengers in the car — one in the front seat and one in the back — died before they could be taken to a hospital. Police said one of the victims was 19 years old and the other was 21. Their names also were not immediately released.

Delimitros told the La Jolla Light the morning of Nov. 23 that he was not aware of where the driver was coming from or going and could not confirm whether the driver or passengers were La Jolla residents.

Members of the La Jolla Shores Association have heard complaints about speeding on La Jolla Parkway and Torrey Pines Road for months. In August, one resident said, “The speed is almost deafening sometimes,” and board member Mary Coakley Munk said, “I think somebody’s going to get killed.”

At the time, the San Diego Police Department said it would encourage residents to call (619) 531-2000 “whenever they see or hear incidents” of excessive speed and to use the Get It Done app or website,, to report them. The department said it also would look into increased enforcement of speed laws.

— City News Service contributed to this report.