2 killed in fiery 15 Freeway crash is latest tragedy for Riverside family
By Brian Rokos
A Riverside family is reeling from its latest tragedy, a traffic collision on the 15 Freeway in San Diego County that left two men dead.
The driver who hit their vehicle is facing murder and DUI-related charges.
David Dominguez, 33, and Isaac Felix, who the family said is 18, were killed when the car in which they were riding was rear-ended and caught fire late Tuesday, Jan. 2. The San Diego County Department of the Medical Examiner said Felix is 19.
Giovanna Dominguez, 18 — Felix’s girlfriend and David’s sister — suffered severe burns and was hospitalized in stable condition, according to a GoFundMe page created to raise money for the family.
Jeffrey Brian Levi, 37, of San Diego, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, Jan. 5, on two counts of murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, four counts of felony driving under the influence causing injury or death, three counts of great bodily injury during the commission of a felony and four counts of felony hit and run causing injury or death, the California Highway Patrol and San Diego County District Attorney’s Office said.
The CHP sought murder charges because Levi has at least one DUI conviction, Officer Jake Sanchez said.
According to the GoFundMe page, David and Giovanna Dominguez’s mother died recently. Another sibling of theirs lost a family member on New Year’s Eve when her husband’s 32-year-old sister died after falling during an epileptic seizures.
Jose Cano, David and Giovanna Dominguez’s brother-in-law, told NBC7 that the Dominguez and Cano families were in shock.
“We just picked my sister’s gravesite yesterday,” Cano said.
Tuesday’s tragedy happened about 15 minutes before midnight as the Dominguez family was returning home after dropping off a family member at an airport.
The CHP gave this account of the collision:
Levi was driving faster than 100 mph and swerving between […]