Twenty-six-year-old Odilon Francisco Alcala crashed into three vehicles on September 4 around 4 p.m. near College Boulevard. According to an Oceanside Police statement, Alcala was driving his 2001 Chevy Tahoe when he sideswiped two vehicles that had stopped at a red light on College Boulevard going northbound. After hitting the two vehicles, Alcala rear ended another vehicle that had stopped at the red light waiting to turn onto Oceanside Boulevard.
Fortunately, Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy witnessed the entire accident. As Alcala continued to drive away after the crash, McCoy followed him and later detained Alcala along with his passenger at the 1700 block of Avenida De Suenos. Oceanside Police Captain Fred Armijo said that Alcala later was arrested for felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence.
One person suffered minor injuries in this DUI collision. Our law office sincerely hopes that the injured victim recovers soon.
Alcala was booked into the Vista jail for misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, causing injury because of the hit-and-run, and driving without a license Alcala is scheduled to be arraigned at the Vista courthouse next week and his bail was set at $80,000.
Sadly, every year a huge number of children and adults are injured in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. According to SWITRS, in the year 2009, 103 people were killed and 1,754 were injured in San Diego drunken driving accidents.
Alcala is most likely to be held liable for the injuries and damages caused in addition to criminal charges. The injured victim is eligible to seek compensation from Alcala to cover medical costs, lost wages, and other damages.
Drunk drivers need to be held responsible for their negligent actions. The injured victim should consult with a good DUI accident lawyer who has a successful track record of handing such cases and has helped victims get compensation they deserve.
If you or someone you care for has been injured by a drunken driver, contact our experienced Oceanside car accident lawyers today.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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