David Reid, 50, was killed in a San Diego car accident after his Dodge Caravan was struck head-on by a Ford Mustang the afternoon of January 22, 2010. According to a 10news report, 18-year-old Andrew Bellatti, the driver of the Ford Mustang was traveling at a high rate of speed on Campo Road in Spring Valley – about 80 mph – when he veered into the wrong side of the road and caused the head-on collision. Reid died at the scene and his 17-year-old son, Garrett, sustained major injuries. Bellatti and his 16-year-old female passenger were also hospitalized with major injuries. CHP officials apparently found the wrecked Mustang’s speedometer stuck at 80 mph. Drugs or alcohol was not a factor in this fatal car collision, officials say.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of David Reid for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. This family not only lost a beloved member in such an untimely manner, but they also have to deal with the major injuries suffered by his young son. Please keep this grieving family in your prayers. I also wish all the injured teens here, the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
San Diego Car Accident Statistics
There were 93 deaths and 2,460 injuries involving car accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County in 2007, according to CHP’s traffic accident statistics. Countywide, 268 people died and 14,641 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
California Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that Bellatti was speeding on the roadway, lost control of his Mustang and slammed head-on into the Reids’ Dodge Caravan. If this news report is accurate, it seems that this is yet another tragedy caused by speed. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
If a complete investigation determines that Bellatti was speeding on the roadway and that his negligence caused the accident and injuries, then he should be held responsible for what happened. This is an extremely difficult time for the Reid family that has lost a husband and a father. I would urge them to consult with a reputed San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will advise them about how to protect their legal rights.
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