Around 9:15 a.m. a small jet attempted an emergency landing on Interstate-15 north of Route 76 in San Diego County, according to an incident log by the California Highway Patrol. The Lancair IV struck the back of a vehicle carrying four people, leading to the death of a 38-year-old woman and injuries to the other passengers and the driver of the vehicle.
Sixty-two-year-old Dennis Hogge was piloting the small plane. He suffered life-threatening injuries, according to KTLA5. The Lancair was also carrying a 50-year-old female passenger who required surgery following the accident due to a large cut on her neck.
Four roller derby players were in the 2015 Nissan Sentra, including Antoinette “Toni” Frances Isbelle who was pronounced dead at the scene. She had been riding in the backseat. According to CHP officer Christ Parent, 43-year-old passenger Jason Soule sustained a broken shoulder and 36-year-old passenger Emily Boesmiller-Hoch suffered a leg injury. Driving the vehicle was 42-year-old Aaron Mccann, who had reportedly pulled over onto the shoulder to sync his Bluetooth with the car.
In a Facebook post, the San Diego Roller Derby wrote, “It is with great sadness and shock that we have to announce our league-mate Toni ‘Rockalicious’ Isbelle has passed away after a plane hit the back of the car she was a passenger in. We are still processing and grieving at this time and we thank you for your condolences.”
Following the accident, a SigAlert was issued and the third and fourth lanes of the freeway were closed. Officials reopened the third lane shortly before 1 p.m. Around 5 p.m., the aircraft was moved to the shoulder to await towing.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, this is the second time this particular plane landed on the I-15 freeway; However, Hogge was not piloting the plane at that time. Former Major League Baseball player Matt Nokes landed the plane in the southbound lanes in Rancho Bernardo when the plane lost power in 2000. Nokes was able to land without injuries.
An investigation of the aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will take place in Arizona.
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