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Pacific Beach: Four Injured in DUI Crash


At about 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, four people were injured in a DUI crash in Pacific Beach. An intoxicated 26-year-old man in a Nissan Titan ran a red light at the intersection of Mission Bay Drive and Garnet Avenue at a high rate of speed, colliding with a Honda Accord and a Volvo, the impact sending the Honda into a minivan in opposing lanes of traffic. Emergency responders transported the 66-year-old driver of the Honda to an area hospital to receive treatment for major head trauma. A 30-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy in the Volvo suffered minor injuries and were also taken to the hospital, as was the driver of the Nissan. He was subsequently booked on suspicion of felony DUI.

“When a driver causes a collision while under the influence, he or she may be held liable for the cost of the victims’ recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”

In 2010, collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 17,889 people in San Diego County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 2,190 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death, with San Diego, ranking 32nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured. originally reported this Pacific Beach collision.

Resources for accident victims, such as books and articles on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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