At about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th, a collision on Interstate 15 in Escondido killed two male passengers and injured five other people. While traveling southbound in a Dodge Caravan, 52-year-old Roy Ruffin Jr. collided with a Toyota Scion near Deer Springs Road, the impact causing the Caravan to roll over multiple times. Two male passengers were ejected from the vehicle, one only partially, and sustained fatal trauma. Paramedics transported Ruffin and four other passengers to local hospitals to receive medical attention for their injuries. The driver of the Scion, 24-year-old Lisa Wehus, was not hurt in the accident.
“Passengers who suffer serious trauma in a crash may seek compensation from the negligent driver for expenses associated with their recovery,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “If a passenger does not survive the accident, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
Escondido accounted for 2 of the 51 fatalities and 289 of the 4,839 injuries suffered by passengers in collisions that occurred in San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 10.3 percent fewer people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in the state, a decrease from 3,434 in 2008 to 3,081 in 2009.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two male passengers who were killed in the collision on Interstate 15 last Sunday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.
U-T San Diego originally reported this fatal crash in Escondido.
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