JAMUL, CA (February 8, 2022) – The Medical Examiner’s Office identified Jennifer Nichols as the woman who was killed on Saturday night in Jamul when a loose boat crashed into her car. The February 5 crash occurred on State Route 94.

Nichols was traveling on State Route 94 and heading east in a Fiat 500. According to Travis Garrow, who is a spokesperson with the California Highway Patrol, a vehicle–described as a Mazda pickup truck–had been towing a boat trailer.

The boat trailer separated from the towing vehicle, and the boat tumbled from the trailer. The boat skidded over the road and crashed into Nichols’ car, reports say.

Responders transported Nichols to Sharp Memorial Hospital. She died in the hospital. Nichols was a resident of Bonita, 49 years old.

Traveling as a passenger with Nichols was her husband, Kirk Nichols, who is the interim San Diego Harbor Police chief. Reports say he suffered injuries that were described as minor.

The person who was driving the pickup truck was identified as Robert Keith Thomas, a resident of Jamestown, 28 years old. According to reports, Thomas was not injured in the incident.

Authorities arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Investigators are continuing their work on the incident.



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