When you think of the Bay Area, sun and fun in the water probably comes to mind at some point. Whether you’re talking about San Diego, San Diego County, or the surrounding area, this is a great place for getting under the sun, onto the water and having a good time. Unfortunately, this time of recreation comes with a number of risks, often from other people trying to do the same thing.
On the evening of Thursday, July 31, two men were north of Alpine enjoying some fishing in the El Capitan Reservoir. It’s about 30 miles outside of San Diego to the northeast.
At this time, we still don’t have all the details regarding the accident that would leave Russell Mendez and Jeffrey Ingram dead. Two other people were also injured; however, police have not said what role, if any, they played in the accident. The investigation, which is being handled by the San Diego Police Department, is still being conducted.
However, we do have some idea of what occurred, based on eyewitnesses who have come forward and family members who were aware of Mendez and Ingram’s activities.
We know that both men—Mendez was 20 years old and Ingram, 21—were avid fishermen. Mendez had actually just purchased the boat they were both on and had spent four days that week using it to fish.
They were at the reservoir that night to take part in their pastime. Then, at around 7:10 pm, a boat that witnesses described as speeding slammed into the vessel that was carrying Mendez and Ingram.
Responders wouldn’t find Mendez’s body until the next day. Ingram was pronounced dead at the scene.
While we don’t have all the details at this time, it should go without saying that anyone involved in the accident would be smart to contact a San Diego attorney to represent them.