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19-year-old Utah Marine killed in head-on, wrong-way crash in California

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Matthew Adams, 19, died in a head-on crash in Carlsbad, California early Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of t he Adams family)

(KUTV) UPDATE (Jan. 15, 9:57 a.m.) — The Utah Marine who was killed in a head-on crash in California Tuesday has been identified as 19-year-old Matthew Ryan Adams, according to the California Medical Examiner's Office.

Matthew's brother John Adams said:

[He was] just always kind and always cared about every little thing. That’s all I can think of him. Always so kind and caring.

The 42-year-old driver from California, who was also killed in the crash, has been identified as Christian Zurita.

(ORIGINAL) — A 19-year-old Marine from Utah and a wrong-way driver were both killed in a vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, California Tuesday.

The Oceanside Police Department reports a black Ford F-150 was involved in a police pursuit before the fatal collision.

At approximately 12:21 a.m. on Tuesday, the 42-year-old Ford driver, from San Diego, was traveling southbound on northbound I-5 lanes.

As the Ford approached Las Flores Drive, a silver Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling northbound — the correct direction.

The two vehicles collided head-on in the first lane. The Ford came to rest on the center divider wall and the Pontiac came to rest in the second lane.

The driver of the Pontiac, a 19-year-old man from Utah, and the 42-year-old man both died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to police.

A 35-year-old passenger in the front seat of the Ford was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla with major injuries.

All northbound lanes of I-5 were closed until 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Police are investigating impairment as a factor in the collision.

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