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Officials Release Name of Man Killed in La Mesa Crash

Michael James Bliss of La Mesa was named by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office as the victim.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The 71-year-old man killed in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 8 in La Mesa late Friday night was publicly identified today.

Michael James Bliss of La Mesa was named by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office as the victim.

Bliss was driving a black 1989 Mercedes sedan in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8 near Lake Murray Boulevard when he lost control shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein.

The sedan then struck a concrete wall in the center divider and stopped in the fast lane. It was then struck by two other vehicles, according to the CHP.

Bliss had not been wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. Neither of the other drivers were injured, according to the CHP.

All traffic on eastbound 8 was blocked in the aftermath of the wreck.

—City News Service

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