At about 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 6, a 21-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine was fatally injured in a rollover crash in Fallbrook, reported U-T San Diego. While traveling along winding Willow Glen Road, the Marine lost control of his 2004 GMC Sierra pickup and veered from the road, causing the truck to roll 300 feet down an embankment. The Marine was thrown from the vehicle and suffered major trauma. Emergency responders transported him to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Four male passengers sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. California Highway Patrol officers suspect alcohol may have been a contributing factor and are investigating the accident.
Throughout San Diego County, motor vehicle crashes claimed the lives of 126 people and caused injury to another 15,939 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 2,190 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in the county that year. Across California, alcohol-impaired driving accidents claimed 774 lives in 2010 and 2011-the lowest DUI death toll ever recorded in the state.
Under California law, the victims of traffic accidents and their families have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596 or complete our website form.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the Marine who lost his life in the rollover accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four passengers who were injured.