January 25, 2010 –David Norman Reid, 50, of Spring Valley, died when his Dodge Caravan was struck head-on by a Ford Mustang believed to have been going about 80 mph when its 18-year-old driver veered onto the wrong side of the road about 4:25 p.m. Friday, the California Highway Patrol said.
Reid’s 17-year-old son, Garrett, a student at Steele Canyon High School, was a passenger in the minivan. He was seriously injured in the crash, but came home from the hospital Sunday after undergoing surgery. His wrist had been crushed in four places and he suffered a skull fracture and a broken toe, his 21-year-old sister Katy Reid said.
CHP officers say former Steele Canyon High Student and Tampa Bay Rays draft pick Andrew Bellatti , 18, of La Mesa, was driving a Ford Mustang on SR 94 when he crossed the double yellow lines and collided with the Dodge Caravan driven by Reid.
Reid’s friends say David and Garrett were on their way home after attending a school function. CHP investigators say Bellatti’s speed odometer was frozen at 80 mph.
Rescuers tried to revive the elder Reid at the scene, but were unable to save him, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Bellatti and his 16-year-old girlfriend, a Steele Canyon student, were released from the hospital Saturday. Bellatti suffered facial lacerations and injuries to his extremities.
Authorities said Bellatti was at fault in the collision. Drugs and alcohol are not a factor and he did not appear to be racing although speed may have been factor.
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