One Killed, Two Injured in a North County Head-On Collision
This past Saturday, a woman was killed in a head-on collision that took place on Old Highway 395 in North County. Two men suffered severe injuries in the accident and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
The incident occurred just before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. A 45-year-old man driving a 1992 Nissan began to drift into the other lane, crossing over the double yellow line. The vehicle crashed head-on into a 2005 Volvo station wagon. The 68-year-old woman who was riding as a passenger in the station wagon died from her injuries at the scene of the vehicle accident.
The driver of the Volvo, who was the woman’s husband, was taken to Palomar hospital with non-life threatening injuries for treatment and care. The driver of the Nissan, who had drifted into the other lane, was airlifted to Palomar Hospital with much more serious injuries.
What Was the Cause of the Accident?
As of now, authorities are unsure what the specific reason was for the driver’s behavior. They suspect that the man may have been intoxicated or impaired, but have yet to confirm these suspicions. Officials have begun to ask witnesses who may have seen events leading up to the crash or the crash itself to step forward and provide them with any information they have.
Dangers of Distracted & Drunk Driving
Even if the driver who caused the head-on collision wasn’t impaired, his driving indicates that he was likely distracted in some way. Unfortunately, distracted driving can often be just as deadly as drunk driving. DUI is still one of the leading causes of vehicle fatalities, with 10,076 fatalities occurring in 2013 alone. This accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. In comparison, distracted driving accidents led to 3,154 deaths and 424,000 injuries in the same year.