A suspected drunk driver strikes 2 cars, kills 1 in Coronado

The driver of a Jeep crashed into two vehicles along the Silver Strand State Highway in Coronado early in the morning on Sunday, Aug. 20. Police believe that vehicle's driver may have been intoxicated at the time. That crash resulted in at least one motorist being killed and six other individuals suffering injuries.

The accident happened at approximately 12:23 a.m., early Sunday morning. According to witness accounts, the Jeep's operator had been driving northbound along Silver Strand State Highway shortly before the crash.

Soon thereafter, as the motorist was approaching Pomona Avenue, the vehicle speed off the roadway. It's then that it crossed over the median and struck two cars. The Jeep ultimately came to rest in the highway's southbound lanes.

One of those vehicles struck, a Honda SUV, was carrying five total people in it at the time. Two of its occupants were children. Responding officers with the Coronado Police Department say that one of those that vehicle's passengers died instantly from the impact of the crash.

The driver of the Kia, one of the other vehicles that was struck, was also injured in the crash. It's unclear how serious the injuries may have been. The Jeep's driver was also transported to the hospital with injuries. They are listed as being in critical condition.

Police also report that, according to witness statements, both the Kia and Honda were traveling pretty close to one another immediately before the crash. They argue that this left very little time for those vehicles' drivers to get out of the way of the Jeep.

If you've been seriously injured or know someone that has been killed at the hands of a drunk driver, then you may benefit from discussing your right to file a legal claim with a Vista car accident attorney.

Source: Fox 5 San Diego, "DUI suspected in fatal head-on crash in Coronado," Aug. 20, 2017

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