Mark Saylor, 45, a 19-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, his wife Cleofe, daughter Mahala, 13 and brother-in-law Chris Lastrella, were all killed in a fiery San Diego car accident the evening of August 28, 2009, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. The fatal car crash was apparently caused by a stuck accelerator in the loaned Lexus that Saylor was driving making it go out of control and collide with a Ford Explorer SUV at the intersection of State Route 125 and Mission Gorge Road in Santee.
The Lexus continued through the intersection, hitting a concrete curb and through a picket fence. The car then hit a dirt embankment, became air-borne and rolled over several times before coming to stop at a dry patch on the San Diego river basin where it caught fire. None of the victims have been positively identified yet by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office. The victims were identified by CHP officials who confirmed that Mark Saylor had checked out that particular Lexus for a family trip.
My heart goes out to the Saylor family and their friends for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved this family. They will certainly be in my prayers.