San Diego: Three Men Killed in DUI Crash
Posted on Jan 12, 2014
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014, three men, ages 23, 29, and 35, were killed in a suspected DUI crash in San Diego, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling at a high rate of speed, the driver of a Cadillac Escalade failed to negotiate the ramp from northbound Interstate 805 to westbound Highway 52 and drove up an embankment instead; the SUV then rolled over and slid backward, ejecting two passengers and colliding with another vehicle. Four vehicles were ultimately involved in the accident. The two men who were thrown from the vehicle and a third passenger in the Escalade were killed. Five people were injured. The driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Throughout San Diego County, motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 17,718 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current crash data. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 2,311 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the county that year. The OTS ranked San Diego 31st out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
Under California law, when a driver’s negligence results in a fatal accident, the driver may face civil claims from the families of the victims, which is their means of holding the driver liable for their losses. For more information on the civil claims process after a fatal crash, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the three men who were killed in the suspected DUI crash.