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Navy sailor charged after truck veers off San Diego bridge, kills 4

Police stand near the pickup truck that landed at Chicano Park after it flew off a ramp to the San Diego Coronado Bridge in San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Four people were killed and nine were injured on Saturday after an out-of-control pickup truck plunged off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and plowed into crowd gathered at a festival below, authorities said. (Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

Richard Anthony Sepolio, 25, who is stationed at the naval base on Coronado Island across the bay from San Diego, was arrested after the pickup truck he was driving plunged off Coronado Bridge in San Diego and killed four people and injuring nine others who were at a festival, authorities said. The sailor's rank or job description were not immediately available. Sepolio, who was alone in the truck Saturday afternoon when he lost control and it struck a guardrail and fell 60 feet onto a vendor's booth at Chicano Park, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

They are innocent people that are just down here having a good time, and now they're gone. It's horrible. It's horrific.

Jake Sanchez, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol

Stunned witnesses described seeing the truck flying from overhead and crashing into a crowd of hundreds of people who were gathered below. The fatalities included a 62-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman from Chandler, Arizona; and a 59-year-old woman and 49-year-old man from Hacienda Heights in Los Angeles County, California, according to local media reports.

Where it hit, there was dust and debris and instant chaos and panic. People running crazy.

Chase Dameron, witness
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San Diego–Coronado Bridge

The San Diego–Coronado Bridge, locally referred to as the Coronado Bridge, is a prestressed concrete/steel girder bridge, crossing over San Diego Bay in the United States, linking San Diego with Coronado, California. The bridge is signed as part of State Route 75.