A motorcyclist is killed by a suspected drunk driver in Vista

An Escondido resident was arrested and charged with drunk driving after causing a fatal multi-car pileup on Gopher Canyon Road in Vista at around 8 p.m. on the evening of Monday, Feb. 26. One motorist died in that crash and another suffered injuries.

In speaking with witnesses to the crash, police investigators have determined that the 33-year-old man had been driving his Ford pickup truck in the eastbound direction along Gopher Canyon Road in the minutes prior to the collision. It was as he approached that roadway's intersection with Fairview Drive that he crossed the roadway's center line, colliding into various motorists in his path.

As he crossed the rural roadway's center line, he struck the side of Ford Ranger pickup, an impact that caused it to roll over. Miraculously, the female driver of that truck, a Vista resident, was transported to Escondido's Palomar Medical Center with only minor injuries as a result.

The Escondido man apparently didn't make any attempt to swerve after striking the Ranger, though. Instead, he continued driving in the oncoming traffic lane. Soon thereafter, he struck a motorcyclist head-on. The 24-year-old biker from San Diego reportedly died instantaneously from his injuries.

After being treated for minor injuries, the Escondido man was placed under arrest by California Highway Patrol. By midnight on Tuesday, he'd been booked at the Vista Detention Center, charged with two counts of drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter. A judge decided to have the man held in jail instead of allowing him to be released on $100,000 bail.

Drunk drivers are responsible for killing thousands of Americans each year. If you've lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, then a Vista, California motorcycle accident attorney can advise you of legal remedies available to you to recover damages in your case.

Source: Escondido Patch, "Suspected DUI driver arrested in deadly north county crash," Feb. 27, 2018

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