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Second passenger, 19, identified in Torrey Pines crash


A second passenger killed in a crash through a guardrail off Torrey Pines Road Monday has been identified as a 19-year-old Lake Elsinore man.

Johnny Ildefonzo Punzalan and another passenger, Joshua Manzanares, also 19 and from Lake Elsinore, were thrown from the Subaru WRX they were riding in after the driver lost control, police said.

The car had been speeding south on Torrey Pines, south of Carmel Valley Road, shortly before 11 p.m. when it struck the center median, crashed through a guardrail and rolled down an embankment to the beach below, authorities said.

Neither of the passengers killed were wearing seat belts, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The driver, who suffered minor injuries, was suspected of driving under the influence, police said at the time. The driver’s name has not been released, and police have declined to answer questions as to the status of the investigation.

Two other passengers, both 18, suffered serious injuries.

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