At about 4 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, a 19-year-old female passenger was killed in a possible DUI crash in Poway. The teen was riding in a Honda that was involved in a collision with a fire engine. The fire engine reportedly entered the intersection on a green light while using its emergency lights. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 44-year-old Robbie Gillespie, sustained injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Authorities found an open container of alcohol in the Honda. The accident is under investigation.
“The family of a passenger who has been killed in a crash may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
In 2010, 118 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Poway, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 12 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the city that year, with the OTS ranking Poway 58th out of 93 cities for its incidence of DUI accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the female passenger who was killed in the possible DUI crash.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Poway collision.
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