Three women were killed and three others, including a 13-year-old girl, were injured in a car accident in Oceanside, which officials suspect, was caused by a drugged driver who ran a red light. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the fatal crash occurred the afternoon of Feb. 5 at South Coast Highway and Oceanside Boulevard. Police say the car in which the victims were riding in was broadsided by a pickup truck, which ran a red light at the intersection.
The truck’s driver, 19-year-old Mason Fish, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. The 13-year-old girl and a woman were thrown from the back window of the 2003 Mazda 6 sedan when the car was broadsided by Fish’s 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The woman who was ejected died at a hospital while two other women died at the scene. The Mazda’s driver and passenger were trapped in the car until Oceanside Fire Department crews extricated them.
Preliminary investigations show Fish was traveling south on South Coast Highway when he ran a red light, striking the driver’s side of the Mazda as it headed east through the intersection on Oceanside Boulevard. All six people who were injured in the crash were in the Mazda. Officials said the impact of the crash caused the car to spin around violently, causing two of its rear-seat passengers to be ejected from the car into the roadway. The two people ejected from the car, the woman who died and the 13-year-old girl, were wearing their seatbelts, officials said. The investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of the three women who were killed in this horrific crash. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the injured victims and we wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Justice for Victims and Families
In this particular case, it appears that the driver of the truck, Mason Fish, was driving under the influence of a controlled substance, which is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a). In addition, it also appears, based on initial investigations, that Fish ran a red light and broadsided the Mazda. In addition to facing criminal charges for potentially violating traffic laws resulting in multiple fatalities, Fish may also be held civilly liable for the severe losses.
In addition to filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Fish, the victims and families of victims may also have an auto product liability lawsuit against the automaker for seatbelt failures. An experienced car accident lawyer will be able to examine all aspects of the incident and help ensure that victims and their families receive justice and fair compensation for their tremendous losses.