Fatal Malibu Wrong-Way Crash Might Have Been Deliberate
A fiery, fatal, wrong-way crash that happened early yesterday morning along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu may have been deliberate, according to KTLA.
The head-on crash between a Saturn and a Ford Mustang was reported around 1 a.m. Friday, and involved Naval personnel. The Saturn was going about 90 mph, traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when it collided with the Mustang. "The Saturn driver, Jason Sorg, and Petty Officer Oscar Avila Mendoza, a 23-year-old Seabee driving the Mustang died on impact."
Sgt. Phillips Brooks of the LA County Sheriff's Department said that Sorg, behind the wheel of the Saturn, may have deliberately caused the accident.
Witnesses claim the Saturn made a U-Turn and drove towards their vehicle before the crash with the Mustang, but they swerved to avoid impact.
Sorg's mother told investigators her son had moved to Southern California from Minnesota to be in the entertainment industry, but had not found success. Brooks notes: "She also related that his brother had died about 10 days prior to this, and that he was a heavy drinker and possibly drug user."
The Mustang's passenger, Petty Officer Jesus Saenz, 24, sustained a broken arm and concussion in the accident, and was listed in stable condition. Mendoza, with whom Saenz served "in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40 based at Port Hueneme," had just picked up Saenz at LAX. Mendoza leaves behind a pregnant wife; he had also been prepping to deploy to Afghanistan.
Results of toxicology reports on Sorg remain pending, and the crash remains under investigation.