Oceanside, CA–A 20-year-old U.S. Marine who aided a motorist and his passenger involved in a vehicle crash on Interstate 5 early Monday morning was fatally struck by a box truck, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol responded to a 3:30 a.m. report of a vehicle collision in traffic lanes near Las Pulgas Road in Oceanside.
The box truck, driven by a 47-year-old male, struck a Ford Edge SUV injuring the motorist, 36-year-old, Darryl Sheffey and his 31-year-old female passenger. Both victims were transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital at La Jolla.
The unidentified Marine with Security and Emergency Services Battalion Camp Pendleton was pronounced dead by Camp Pendleton law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel.
“Our deepest condolences are with the Marine’s family, friends and unit service members. The name of the Marine will be withheld until 24 hours after notification of next-of-kin,” according to Camp Pendleton officials.
Authorities will charge Sheffey with multiple felonies when he is released from the hospital. He will be booked into the San Diego County jail, according to CHP.