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Escondido: Drunk Driver Injured Two in Crash on El Norte Parkway

Posted on May 04, 2012

At about 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th, a drunk driver caused a crash that injured two people on El Norte Parkway near Escondido. While traveling eastbound in a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on El Norte, the 24-year-old driver neglected to decelerate for stopped traffic and rear-ended a Ford Ranger, the impact sending it into the back of a van stopped for a red light. The 24-year-old female driver of the Ranger and her 23-year-old male passenger were seriously injured, as was the driver of the Tacoma. When he is released from the hospital he will be charged with felony drunk driving. 

“When a drunk driver causes harm to others, he or she may face civil actions from them in addition to criminal charges,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. 

Escondido accounted for 7 of the 163 fatalities and 948 of the 16,242 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic collisions throughout San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, alcohol was a contributing factor in 103 of the crashes that ended in death and 1,754 of those that caused injury in the county. 

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured in the crash caused by the drunk driver. 

U-T San Diego originally reported this Escondido accident.

Resources for accident victims, such as books and articles on the process of pursuing an injury claim, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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