Lakeside: Two Passengers Killed in DUI Crash
Posted on Jun 06, 2014
At about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, two passengers were killed in a DUI crash near Lakeside, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling on Interstate 8 in a 1997 Nissan Sentra at 70 mph, 26-year-old Mario Alberto Castaneda Carranza lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a chain-link fence and into a concrete culvert. A 20-year-old Chula Vista man and a 20-year-old San Diego woman who were riding in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. Carranza suffered major trauma and was taken to a hospital. He has a prior drunk driving conviction and was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving causing death and vehicular homicide involving alcohol.
In 2011, 17,718 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle accidents that occurred in San Diego County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 2,311 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death. Across California, there were 2,857 traffic deaths that year, 802 of which involved alcohol. The incidence of traffic fatalities and alcohol-related traffic deaths in the state rose 1.5 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively.
When passengers lose their lives in a motor vehicle crash, their families may file wrongful death claims against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two passengers who were killed in this crash.