Woman killed in crash near Del Mar identified


An 85-year-old La Mesa woman killed in a predawn chain-reaction accident involving four vehicles on Interstate 5 near Del Mar was identified June 26.

June Takekawa Hsu died after her 1995 Nissan Sentra stalled in the far right-hand northbound lane of the freeway near Via de la Valle and was rear-ended by a 2008 Honda Accord shortly before 5 a.m. June 24, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.

Moments after the initial crash, a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2015 Honda Accord plowed into the one or both of the other two vehicles, authorities said.

The 40-year-old San Diego man behind the wheel of the older Accord suffered apparently minor injuries, and the occupants of the other involved vehicles were unharmed, according to the CHP.

The crash left all but one northbound lane closed during the morning commute and led to gridlock as far south as the I-805 merge.