Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, April 18th, a 20-year-old driver was killed and two female passengers seriously injured in an accident on Highway 78 in San Marcos. The crash occurred when the driver of the 1992 Honda Accord lost control, left the highway, and slammed into a palm tree. He was transported to Palomar Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Paramedics also transported the passengers, ages 17 and 19, to hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries. Authorities are investigating whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.
“Young drivers are, unfortunately, more susceptible to risk-taking than their older counterparts,” said California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2008, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 2,739 people in this age group and injured another 228,000, with alcohol contributing to 31 percent of the deaths suffered by drivers.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the young driver who was killed in the highway accident this morning. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two female passengers who were injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this San Marcos accident.
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