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Driver killed in Interstate 15 crash near Escondido identified

Authorities have identified a 62-year-old driver killed last month in a crash on Interstate 15 near Escondido as a Riverside County resident.

Antonio Mendoza, of Wildomar, was headed north about 2:15 a.m. Oct. 15 when another driver rear-ended his vehicle at a high rate of speed, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.

Mendoza lost control of his vehicle, which overturned. The crash occurred near Deer Springs Road.

Mendoza was thrown from his vehicle and died before he could be taken to a hospital, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office and the CHP.

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