A San Diego man is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, following a chain-reaction collision that killed three people and injured several others. According to authorities, the fatal accident took place at westbound State Route 52 along Interstate 805 about 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 10.
A driver in a 2000 Cadillac Escalade was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed while attempting to merge onto SR-52 from I-805 when his vehicle swerved from the roadway and up an embankment. The SUV then collided with a cement pillar and rolled over several times before it came to rest in lanes of traffic. Officials said that three of the Escalade’s occupants died at the accident scene. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, where he remained until he was taken into custody on Jan. 14. Two other passengers from the SUV suffered serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals.
The SUV accident sparked off a chain-reaction collision, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Escalade was struck by a silver Acura, which was then struck by a third vehicle. The third vehicle went down the embankment on eastbound SR-52, crossing traffic lanes in both directions and came to rest on the south side of the highway. Two individuals from the additional vehicles that were involved suffered minor injuries in the incident.
The SUV’s driver was charged with multiple offenses including driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury and three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. The accident caused the closure of westbound SR-52 and I-805 for several hours while investigators processed the scene, rescue crews assisted the injured and accident debris was cleared from the roadway.
The driver in this story is facing very serious charges that may result in a long prison sentence and other severe penalties if he is convicted. A San Diego DUI defense lawyer might be able to provide legal representation for someone who is facing DUI charges following a serious car accident.