The driver of an SUV reportedly hit two pedestrians close to a busy intersection in Vista the evening of Friday, June 2. One pedestrian was killed and another severely injured in the crash.
According to law enforcement authorities, the SUV hit the pair of pedestrians in the northbound section of Melrose Drive, near Shadowridge Drive, at approximately 6:30 p.m. A 40-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene, while a 34-year-old woman and the 24-year-old driver were taken to a hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Police say alcohol was a likely factor in the fatal accident.
Witnesses say the SUV went airborne in the crash, rolling in midair before landing upside down. Rescue teams had to cut away pieces of the vehicle to extract the driver. There was no initial indication as to what caused the SUV to flip.
Drunk drivers face significant consequences
Drunk driving is an incredibly negligent and illegal activity that endangers the lives of everyone with whom the offender shares the road — including pedestrians. In terms of criminal penalties, those convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) causing injury or death could face prison time, enormous fines and suspension of their driving privileges for the long term.
Individuals who are drunk and cause a serious accident could also face civil action on the behalf of victims and their family members. Plaintiffs in these personal injury claims may find it a little easier to demonstrate the defendant was negligence if that person has been convicted of driving under the influence.
To learn more about how to hold a drunk driver accountable for your injuries through a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit, meet with a skilled San Diego car accident lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.