A 61-year-old man from Bonsall died the morning of Sunday, June 25 after being T-boned by a suspected drunk driver who had reportedly run a stoplight.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 3:42 a.m. at the intersection of State Route 76 and East Vista Way, close to Bonsall. A 33-year-old man from Vista was driving his 2012 Chevy Silverado pickup north on East Vista Way. He allegedly ran a red light at the intersection, striking the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by the victim.
The driver was taken to Palomar Medical Center to be treated for moderate injuries. He was scheduled to be booked in the Vista Detention Facility on felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
DUI causing death carries heavy penalties
A person who runs a red light or stop sign and then causes a crash resulting in an injury or death already faces some potentially significant penalties for his or her negligence. Adding in the element of drunk driving only serves to exacerbate the seriousness of those charges, which makes prison time much more likely for the offender.
The law considers a person who was driving under the influence of alcohol to be “automatically liable” for any injuries or deaths that result from his or her actions. This can be of great assistance to victims’ loved ones if they wish to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
For more information and guidance on taking legal action against a drunk driver, consult a knowledgeable San Diego personal injury lawyer with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.