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La Mesa: Drunk Driver Caused Multiple-Vehicle Accident that Killed Celia Torres and David Gonzalez

By Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie on December 12, 2011

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9th, a drunk driver caused the multiple-vehicle accident on California Highway 125 near La Mesa that killed 73-year-old Celia Torres and 16-year-old David Gonzalez. While traveling in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, 39-year-old Justin Foulds failed to decelerate for slowing traffic and rear-ended a Nissan Pathfinder, the impact sending it into a Lincoln, causing that vehicle to crash into a Ford truck. The Silverado and the Pathfinder became engulfed in flames. Foulds was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, explains a California personal injury lawyer.

La Mesa accounted for 3 of the 163 fatalities and 333 of the 16,242 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents throughout San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, alcohol contributed to 103 of the fatal and 1,754 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county.

All of us at Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Celia Torres and David Gonzalez, occupants of the vehicle that was struck by the drunk driver last Friday.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this multiple-vehicle accident.

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