An alleged drunk driving accident caused a series of collisions that took the lives of three men and left five other people heavily injured. California Highway Patrol said that he was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving on Saturday. The suspect was said the be driving north from I-805 and making his way to the transition ramp to head westbound on Route 52.
The crash initially started when the suspected drunk driver lost control of his vehicle. As the car veered off the road and into the dirt embankment, it rolled several times according the dispatcher of the California Highway Patrol. The dispatcher went on to say that the vehicle was said to be a Cadillac Escalade. Four of the passengers inside of the Escalade were not wearing the seatbelt provided in the time of the crash. Two of those four were ejected from the vehicle as it was rolling and were killed almost instantly. A fifth passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was also found dead at the scene on a curving ramp north of Clairemont Mesa. The passengers that were found dead have now been identified publicly as a 35-year-old Ridgecrest man, a 23-year-old San Diego man and a 29-year-old San Diego man.
The initial crash caused three other vehicles the crash into each other as well. The surviving passengers that were inside of the SUV were taken to the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Officers on the scene determined that the driver of the Escalade had been drinking and driving. The driver was later arrested at the hospital. His name has not publicly be announced.
The important thing to take from an incident like this, is to fully understand the consequences and the damage that can be caused by drinking and driving. The way to prevent these things from happening as much as possible is to acknowledge the problems at hand. If you are a victim in a crash in San Diego like this, and you have received any injuries from an accident, make sure you contact a personal injury attorney in San Diego so you can see what further actions you can take.