Though it would be nice to kick off the new year and the new decade on a good note, tragic incidents on the road still happen and at the start of 2010, tragedy struck once again on a San Diego freeway. A Lemon Grove resident, 21, was killed when a drunk-driver crashed into her car. What makes this accident particularly sad is that the woman was pregnant at the time of the car accident.
Our firm’s auto accident attorneys in San Diego know that during the holiday season, there is an increase of drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated. But it does not have to be the festive season or even alcohol in someone’s system — legal and illegal drugs can impair a driver just as much.
Around 3:11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, the woman was sitting in the car of a friend who pulled off to the side of the northbound 805 lane to help her with a flat tire. As they were awaiting some more assistance, a black Chevy Tahoe SUV veered onto the shoulder of the highway and caused the drunk-driving accident.
The woman’s wrongful death happened almost instantly.
The man in question, 40, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) after being transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital with the other passenger who was in the car with the woman at the time of the crash. He is being held by authorities for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
For the experienced Lemon Grove auto accident attorneys this case is particularly upsetting not only because a mother and her unborn child had to lose their lives, but because DUI accidents are preventable. If only this driver had made the smart choice to let a sober driver pick him up and take him home, she and her child would still be alive.
Let’s hope that 2010 improves and that accidents like this do not happen throughout the rest of the year.
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