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Report_road_Defect_Logo6San Diego News 10 reported that 18-year-old Junethea Centeno, a student at Palomar College, was fatally injured on April 12, 2011. The auto accident happened around 3 a.m. when Junethea was driving northbound on I-15 near Felicita Road, lost control of her Honda Civic, and struck the corner of an unmarked and unprotected concrete barrier. Her father June Centeno, a Navy corpsman, was quoted as saying, “If she only hit the side of the road where the barrier is, the car could have slid down, versus hitting the end of a barrier. If things were set up the way they should be, they could have softened the impact. She’d be alive today.” Junethea’s boyfriend, Jon Mata, who came to the accident scene shortly after the crash, said that there were no cones, drums, reflectors, or other safety measures taken by construction crews, which might have saved her life.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Centeno family and friends.

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UNION TRIBUNE staff writer John Wilkens reported that 48-year-old Bradley Eckhardt of Temecula died on July 4, 2010 while riding his motorcycle in Valley Center. Eckhardt was riding his Yamaha 350 southbound on Lilac Road, at around 10:30 a.m., when he lost control of his motorcycle, and collided into a Dodge Ram 250 which was pulling a loaded horse trailer. The cause of the accident is still unknown, and is under investigation.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Eckhardt.

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UNION TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERS Tanya Manners and Steve Schmidt reported that 17-year-old BreAnna Erickson died as a result of a auto accident on May 28, 2010. She was a passenger in a Acura Legend, which was traveling northbound on Saber Springs Parkway. Authorities said the vehicle was speeding around a curve when it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a box truck. Rescuers used the jaws of life to extract BreAnna from the back seat, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and four other passengers were transported by ambulance to local hospitals. Residents near the crash site said the spot has long been a neighborhood concern as speeding is a chronic problem on the two lane section of the parkway which has a long sweeping bend. “It can get extremely bad” said Ron Leos, a 15-year-old resident. “I can see how the car lost control, coming around. I didn’t know these kids, but it’s so unfortunate.”

Our condolences go out to BreAnna’s family and friends. We also wish a speedy recovery to the other occupants of the vehicle.

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