A Bonsall man was struck and killed by a drunk driver as he entered the intersection between Route 76 and East Vista Way early in the morning on Sunday, June 25, 2017. California Highway Patrol (CHP) first began receiving reports of the accident around 3:42 a.m. that day.
According to witnesses who saw the fatal crash occur, a 61-year-old man had been driving his 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee along Route 76 immediately before the crash. At the same time, a 33-year-old Vista man, was seen driving down East Vista Way in his 2012 Chevy Silverado moving toward its intersection with Route 76.
As the pickup driver approached the intersection, the pickup driver proceeded through the intersection without making any attempt to stop at the red light. The Jeep’s owner was T-boned by the Silverado owner in the process. This resulted in the Grand Cherokee owner’s instantaneous death.
As for the younger pickup driver, he was initially transported to the hospital from the crash scene with what’s been described as moderate injuries. After his release from the hospital, CHP has said that they plan to arrest the man on suspicion of driving under the influence. He will then be processed through the Vista Detention Center.
Whether it has to do with the speed at which these types of accidents traditionally occur at or something else, drunk driving accidents have the potential to cause some of the most severe injuries or death. Perhaps some of the most serious injuries that individuals suffer from in car accidents include traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, resulting in paralysis.
If you know someone who has been severely injured in a car crash, then they should contact a Vista car crash attorney to discuss their case.
Source: Fox 5 San Diego, “Man killed when suspected drunk driver runs stop sign,” June 25, 2017