Alcohol May Have Played Role in Fatal Highway 78 Collision

Posted on May 04, 2011

May 2, 2011 - Vista, Calif. - A man was killed after his car flipped over on a highway in Vista on Friday, April 22, but it wasn't the car accident that caused his death, according to a report from

The man crashed into a red truck that was braking around 12:30 a.m. while headed east on Highway 78 near Civic Center Drive.

The man, along with his passengers, was traveling in the No. 2 lane at about 65 mph when his Toyota Scion clipped the truck while trying to swerve out of the way. The Scion then hit a third vehicle and flipped.

The male driver and at least one passenger exited the vehicle. The man then tried to run across the west lanes of the highway, said Chris Parent, an officer with the California Highway Patrol.

Before the man could make it across the highway, he was fatally struck by a Chevy pickup truck in the No. 3 lane. No other injuries were reported, and speed is not believed to have been a factor in any of the crashes, Parent said. Police have indicated that the deceased driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the Highway 78 collision.

After the fatal accident, all lanes of the highway had to be shut down for approximately two hours.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,081 traffic fatalities in California in 2009.

Occasionally, our firm will publish news stories about serious or fatal accidents in our coverage area in order to raise awareness about the types of crashes that can occur in San Diego and elsewhere in our region.

Some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • crashes involving speeding;
  • crashes involving large trucks; and
  • rollover accidents. 

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