Suspected drunk driver strikes and kills husband, injures wife

An alleged drunk driver is thought to have been responsible for striking and killing a 40-year-old Vista man and seriously injuring his 34-year-old wife during their evening jog on Friday, June 3, 2017. Driving under the influence (DUI) charges and others are expected to be filed in the case as soon as the 24-year-old man is released from the hospital.

The police report chronicles how the alleged intoxicated driver was operating his vehicle along South Melrose Drive at the same time that the spouses were running along the sidewalk of the busy roadway. Witness statements cited in the report highlight how around 6:30 p.m., they watched in horror as the SUV driver lost control of his vehicle. The man's car struck the pair before ultimately colliding with a light post nearby.

It's believed that the husband died instantly upon impact. As for the wife, she was rushed to Palomar Medical Center after suffering serious injuries including some broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a collapsed lung. She is expected to make a full recovery.

The decedent in this case was slated to celebrate his 41st birthday the day following his death. He left behind five kids, the youngest of which is just 2 years old. He was a stay-at-home dad who took care of his children on daily basis as his wife worked.

As for the alleged drunk driver, he had to be extracted from his SUV following the crash. He too was rushed to Palomar Medical Center after suffering what has been described as undisclosed serious injuries.

Officers suggest that the man will face DUI with death charges upon his release from the hospital. In a case such as this, it's also likely that the decedent's family will be working with a Vista car accident attorney to file a wrongful death case as well.

Source: CBS 8, "Suspected DUI driver hits two joggers in Vista, killing one," Abbie Alford, June 03, 2017

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