Police Question if Alcohol Factored in Crash in San Diego That Injured 6

Posted on Jun 16, 2011

June 9, 2011 - San Diego, Calif. - An accident in San Diego, Wednesday, May 18, injured 6 people as reported by 10News.com.

The serious accident occurred in the Tierrasanta area on Wednesday, May 18, at about 8 p.m. on Rueda Road. San Diego police reported that an 18-year-old senior at Serra High School, was behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Jetta that collided with an SUV. Three people in the SUV were transported to a hospital: the 35-year-old driver, the driver's 33-year-old wife; and a 4-year-old.

The Jetta rolled over multiple times, leaving the 18-year-old driver and her two passengers injured. They were all transported to hospitals. The 18-year-old female Jetta passenger was diagnosed with a skull fracture. The other Jetta passenger,19, hadn't been identified.

According to eyewitnesses, the vehicles crashed head-on and the Volkswagen rolled over 4 times. A utility box was damaged during the accident, which happened not far from the young driver's residence in Tierrasanta.

Although police are not calling the accident a DUI case, investigators found beer cans near the Volkswagen.10News has reported that the driver hasn't been placed under arrest. Police are awaiting toxicology results.

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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