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Man, 26, jailed on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI in La Jolla crash that killed 2; victims ID’d

Two passengers in a car were killed in a crash early Nov. 22 on Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
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Peter John Meno is being held in county jail. The crash early Nov. 22 left two passengers in his car dead.

A man suspected of driving drunk when his speeding car crashed into a tree in La Jolla early Nov. 22 — killing his two passengers — has been jailed on two counts of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of felony driving under the influence, officials said.

Peter John Meno, 26, is being held with bail set at $100,000 after being treated and released from a hospital following the deadly crash.

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.

Police said Meno was driving his Nissan Altima west on Torrey Pines Road around 3:15 a.m. when he made a left turn onto Girard Avenue, lost control of his car and slammed into a palm tree in the 7500 block.

The San Diego County medical examiner’s office identified the passengers killed as Jaden Rowley, 22, of Oceanside, who was riding in the front seat, and Matthew Singleton Cate Jr., 19, of Vista, who was in the back seat.

Meno suffered minor injuries in the crash and was treated at a hospital before being released to the downtown jail, said San Diego police traffic Sgt. Victoria Houseman.

She said she did not know whether the two passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. ◆