A serious accident claimed the life of two people and seriously injured two others in Escondido. The collision occurred at the intersection of East El Norte Parkway and North Ash Streets when a Dodge Charger allegedly sped through the intersection, running into a Ford Mustang. The Mustang was hit with such force that it rolled and ended up sliding into a nearby yard. Two people died at the crash scene and two were seriously injured and rushed to the hospital. Police meanwhile shut down the road for a number of hours in an attempt to determine how the accident happened.
According to witnesses, the driver of the Dodge Charger was driving at a high rate of speed and hit the Mustang broadside, causing what sounded like a loud explosion. The driver of the Mustang was ejected from the vehicle and landed on the home’s porch. Witnesses tried to help the victims, but the Mustang driver and his passenger were both pronounced dead at the accident scene.
Broadside accidents are also sometimes called t-bone crashes. These are among the most dangerous because the victims often suffer severe life-threatening injuries or fatalities. T-bone crashes often occur at intersections where each vehicle is traveling in a different direction. One vehicle hits directly into the side of the other. In this case, the force was so great that it caused the other vehicle to flip and slide.
There are a number of contributing factors in every accident. In this case, the victims who died were reportedly not wearing their seatbelts. Had they been wearing them, they may have lived. Another factor may be speed. According to reports by witnesses, the driver that caused the crash was traveling too fast. Darkness could also have played a role, since the accident occurred at about 11:30 P.M. The police report that they believe that alcohol could have been a factor in the crash.
Negligence in Accident Cases
Investigators try to find out exactly what caused a serious crash such as this one. They close the streets, collect evidence, talk to witnesses and may even try to recreate the event. They will also find out if the incident was captured on local surveillance video. The driver responsible for the crash may have been negligent. If so, the victims or their loved ones may be able to file a claim to obtain compensation with help from an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney.
In this instance, the driver of the vehicle that allegedly caused the crash survived. It is important to note that when he went to the hospital, he would have been tested for his level of intoxication. This information will prove useful should the families seek to file a claim in the case. Driving while intoxicated and speeding are both negligent actions. In addition to criminal charges and traffic violations, the driver may need to pay for the injuries and deaths that occurred due to his negligent actions.
If you or a loved one were hurt in any type of serious accident, contact the legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to discuss your case today.