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Oceanside: Police Pursuit Ended in Crash that Killed Passenger


Posted on Nov 16, 2012

At around 1 a.m. on Friday, November 16, a police pursuit ended in a crash that killed a passenger in Oceanside. At about 12:55 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers began following a 1991 Honda Civic that had been racing another vehicle on the westbound side of Highway 78 near College Boulevard. The Honda traveled northbound on Interstate 5 at speeds reaching 100 mph before exiting on Mission Avenue; the driver proceeded to turn south on Mesa Drive, where, while traveling at 80 mph, the vehicle hit a dip in the street and slammed into a parked pickup truck. A male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, identified as 21-year-old Jorge Luis Lopez, suffered moderate trauma and was airlifted to the hospital. He faces charges for evading, DUI, and vehicular manslaughter. 

 

“When a passenger is killed in a collision, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. 

 

Oceanside accounted for 6 of the 126 fatalities and 928 of the 15,939 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol contributed to 68 of the fatal and 1,534 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county that year.

 

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the passenger who was killed in the crash this morning.

 

CBS8.com originally reported this police pursuit and accident.

 

Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

 

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific case with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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