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San Diego: Driver Who Caused Freeway Crash that Killed Bertha and Ramiro Aguilar Arrested


On Tuesday, June 12th, authorities in San Diego arrested the driver who caused the crash that killed 47-year-old Bertha Aguilar and her 66-year-old husband, Ramiro, on Interstate 805 last Sunday. While traveling northbound in a Honda Civic at about 2:30 a.m., 28-year-old Pedro Antonio Sainz lost control and slammed into a silver Toyota Matrix. The Matrix rolled over into the middle of the freeway and was struck by a silver Toyota Tacoma pickup, the impact ejecting the Aguilars, both of whom were wearing seat belts at the time. An approaching motorcyclist swerved to avoid the stopped vehicles and crashed. The driver of the Tacoma and the rider were seriously injured. Sainz fled the scene of the accident on foot. He faces charges of suspected felony DUI causing injury or death and hit and run causing injury or death.

“Apprehending a hit-and-run driver not only allows the state to hold the driver accountable for his or her crimes but also the victims or their families to seek compensation for expenses associated with their injury or loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.

Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 163 passenger vehicle occupants and injured another 16,242 in San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, hit-and-run was a factor in 172 of the fatal and 15,439 of the injury collisions that occurred in the state.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Bertha and Ramiro Aguilar, the two vehicle occupants killed in the freeway crash last Sunday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver and motorcyclist who were injured.

U-T San Diego originally reported this fatal crash.

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