At around 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 3rd, 18-year-old Miguel Rojas was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Escondido. The incident occurred at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Elmwood Drive when 20-year-old Juan Carlos Carrillo crashed his 1995 Lexus ES300 into Rojas’ Dodge Caravan, the impact causing the van to burst into flames. Carrillo and two passengers fled the scene, leaving Rojas in the burning vehicle. The San Diego County Medical Examiner has concluded that Rojas died from smoke inhalation and burns he suffered in the crash. Authorities apprehended Carrillo at approximately 5:30 p.m. that day, charging him with felony hit and run and driving without a license, explains a California lawyer.
Escondido accounted for 844 of the 18,414 fatal and injury motor vehicle traffic accidents that occurred in San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most recent data. That year, there were 68 hit-and-run crashes in the city, which ranked 4th out of 56 cities with similar populations for such accidents. In the OTS ranking system, cities and counties that receive the highest numbers have the poorest traffic safety records, with 1st place being the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Miguel Rojas, the young man who was killed in the hit-and-run crash last Sunday.
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