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Fatal freeway crashes
There were two weekend fatal freeway accidents in North County.

Dual North County freeway fatalities 

NORTH COUNTY — There were two fatal freeway accidents in North County over the weekend.

One person was killed and another injured in a single-vehicle crash Dec. 18 on the northbound Interstate 15 at Deer Springs Road in Oceanside, authorities said.

It occurred at 12:54 a.m. when a silver Ford Fusion sedan went over the right shoulder fence and landed against an embankment in the 25000 block of North Centre City Parkway, according to the California Highway Patrol. The fatality was pronounced dead at the scene. The injured person was transported to a hospital in unknown condition. No other details were available.

A North County driver crashed a sedan on Interstate 15, killing his passenger Dec. 18. The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter, the California Highway Patrol said.

The solo traffic crash happened at 12:54 a.m. on northbound I-15, south of Deer Springs Road, CHP Officer Hunter Gerber said.

In a second accident, Nicole Capatanos was allegedly driving with a 45-year-old male passenger in a silver Ford Fusion when the sedan veered off the freeway and rolled over multiple times before landing on North Center City Parkway. Both occupants of the Ford were from Escondido.

The CHP and fire department paramedics responded to the scene. Capatanos was taken to a hospital for moderate, non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Traffic on North Center City Parkway was affected from the time of the collision until approximately 3:45 a.m.

Capatanos was arrested by CHP officers from the Oceanside area and later booked at the Vista Detention Facility. The investigation was ongoing, and the CHP asked anyone with information about the crash to contact the agency’s Oceanside office at (760) 643-3400.