19-Year-Old Charged With DUI After Deaths
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19-Year-Old Charged With DUI After Deaths

February 22, 2019 | EDWARD J. BABBITT APC | Car Accident Attorney

You may have seen the story of a tragic accident in Oceanside that killed three people on February 7. We are learning that 19-year-old Mason Fish was charged with three counts of gross vehicular homicide while intoxicated. He also faces charges of DUI causing injury, possession of a controlled substance, and driving without a license.

When the crash happened, Fish was driving south on South Coast Highway at around 1 p.m. when he ran the red light at Oceanside Boulevard. His Toyota Tacoma slammed into the driver’s side of a Mazda sedan. There were six people inside the Mazda. 74-year-old Rufina Arango Rodriquez and her two adult daughters, Petra Arango and Eloina Arango were all killed and three others injured.

Edward “Skip” Babbitt understands that there are many dangers on the roadway. When you need an Oceanside car accident attorney, Skip will work with you to ensure that you are fully compensated when someone else causes you harm.

Drunk Drivers Kill People

For the latest reporting year in California, we know that alcohol-involved crashes caused 29% of all traffic crash fatalities. That is an astounding number. Overall, they resulted in:

  • 1,552 deaths
  • 27,065 injuries

Many of those deaths and injuries were of minors.

Law enforcement continues to do everything they can to crack down on the instances of impaired driving, but they cannot stop everyone. So many people make the choice to get behind the wheel and drive thinking that they are fully capable of getting home safely. The end result is that they prevent themselves and other innocent people from ever getting home again.

Other Causes

Overall, there were more than 3,600 fatalities and nearly 12,000 serious injuries due to vehicle accidents during California’s latest reporting year. We know that drinking and driving is deadly, but it is not the only cause of traffic crashes.

All too often we see crashes happen due to distracted driving. Despite many laws and public awareness campaigns, too many people are still texting and driving or watching videos while they are driving. This will almost never end well.

Speeding and aggressive driving continue to be the number one cause of vehicle accidents in the state. The speed limits are not suggestions, they are the law. Yet, we know that most people continue to edge above the posted limits.

Moving Forward From Here

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car wreck that was caused by someone else, you need to seek legal assistance. Edward “Skip” Babbitt will take over your case so you can focus on healing and being with your family. Skip will deal with the insurance companies and other parties involved so you can get compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering damages, and other hidden accident costs. When you need an Oceanside car accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-543-1789 for a free consultation.

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