Tzerelin Bautista Babalcon, 48, of Encinitas, was killed in a San Diego car accident involving a collision between a Mitsubishi Eclipse and a pickup truck. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal truck accident occurred on State Route 76, near Lilac Road, in Pala, the morning of June 26, 2011. The woman was a passenger in the Eclipse, being driven by her husband, and traveling west on State Route 76. The Eclipse was struck by a pickup truck that attempted to turn left from eastbound State Route 76 into the Pala Raceway. Babalcon was pronounced dead at the scene while her husband was hospitalized. An investigation is ongoing.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Tzerelin Bautista Babalcon for their tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
San Diego Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 90 people were killed and 2,252 were injured as a result of car accidents in the unincorporated areas San Diego County. During that same year, 246 fatalities and 13,527 injuries occurred involving San Diego County car accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Collision?
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck may have made an unsafe left turn without yielding right-of-way to the Mitsubishi Eclipse. California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
I trust officials are looking into why the driver of the pickup truck made that left turn and who had the right-of-way at the time. It would be important to ascertain here if the truck driver was impaired, distracted, reckless, or otherwise negligent. If it is determined that the driver of the pickup truck was at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims and family members of deceased victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced