An early morning accident on Friday, July 7, 2017, claimed the lives of two Oceanside residents. An officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was originally summoned to a location nearby the fatal accident scene after another driver had reported seeing a motorist driving down Interstate 5 (I-5) in the wrong direction.
As the officer continued to drive toward the scene of that incident, he heard a loud boom. Upon arriving at the scene, where the one driver was last seen driving down the interstate in the wrong direction, he found a mangled mess of two cars. Inside each, there were the bodies of each of the drivers, both clinging to life inside.
Reports that a motorist was driving in the far left lane in the southbound direction along I-5 first began to pour into emergency dispatch right before 2:00 a.m. The callers noted that the vehicle was headed in the direction of Mission Avenue at the time.
An officer with CHP was quickly dispatched to the scene. Less than a minute after the calls began flooding in, an Oceanside police officer patrolling in the area also heard two cars collide.
Soon thereafter, Oceanside fire crews arrived on the scene. They first extinguished the fire that had started when the two cars collided, then began working to free the trapped drivers. It appears that both were initially alive when the firefighters arrived on the scene, yet lost their lives during the 45 minute struggle to free them from the wreckage.
The portion of I-5 where the accident occurred was closed for more than four hours as crash scene investigators worked to piece together what happened and to remove debris.
In this case, the family of the victim who had the right of way may be able to work with a Vista car crash attorney to sue the estate of the driver who drove against traffic that fateful day. In doing so, they may be able to recover funeral costs and other wrongful death damages associated with the loss of their loved one.
Source: Fox 5 San Diego, “Wrong-way driver causes head-on crash on I-5, killing 2,” Mike Willie, July 07, 2017