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Driver Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on Route 52

Jayme Alan Midlam, 25, of Clairemont was killed after a pickup truck hit his VW Beetle head-on early Saturday morning in Santee.

A woman crashed her pickup truck head-on into a Volkswagen Beetle while driving the wrong way on state Route 52 Saturday morning, fatally injuring the vehicle’s male driver, according to authorities.

April Thompson, 23, of National City, was booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility for suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

She was jailed after the 12:58 a.m. crash east of Mast Boulevard, a CHP dispatcher said.

The victim was identified as Jayme Alan Midlam, 25, of the Clairemont neighborhood in San Diego.

Midlam was driving his white 1972 Volkswagen Beetle east on Route 52 approaching Mast Boulevard when his car was destroyed by a Chevy 2500 pickup truck heading west in the eastbound lanes, the county Medical Examiner said.

“The driver of the Volkswagen was fatally injured on impact,” the CHP dispatcher said. “The driver of the Chevrolet suffered moderate injuries and was placed under arrest after being treated at Sharp Memorial Hospital.”

Midlam was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thompson was booked into Las Colinas after being released from the hospital.

Traffic was rerouted via the Mast Boulevard exit following the crash, which closed eastbound Route 52 for several hours.

-City News Service

just my opinion December 31, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Send them to the foreign east. Firing squad for drunk drivers there. I really feel for the family of the victum. I hope the driver suffers a lifetime of pain for what they did!!!! No compassion here...........
Really? January 01, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Santee has a horrid history of innocent people being killed by drunk drivers...when is enough enough?
m January 02, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Killing someone driving drunk is murder that sign at the mast Blvd offramp speaks volumes.
pjerome January 03, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Either one was from santee-So I don't think that had any thing do with SANTEE. And The girl should get the same prison time as a man--But usually they don't. What is the difference if you shoot someone or hit them with a car.?And the person dies--
Julia Echavarria January 05, 2013 at 10:59 PM
SANTEE is the BEST community in the county. We still consider ourselves a small town, we all know each other and we stand as one so if one person here is harmed? Or if someone is injured while visiting or passing through? Trust me, we all feel the pain and share in grieving. We have had a lot of tragedy here this holiday season and it has been very unfortunate. We are all mourning the loss of Jayme's life as well as the family who were flying home to Arizona. We are beyond grateful that the officer who was struck on Mission Gorge did not lose his life as well. Our hearts go out to all of the friends and families of those who have lost their lives and may their spirits flourish in heaven I love u SANTEE ... Please continue to watch over us all and keep us safe

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