San Diego and the surrounding cities are no strangers to car accidents—they happen every day. However, they are particularly tragic when they result in fatalities. A recent accident in Escondido could hardly have ended any other way, though, considering the fiery aftermath that occurred just second after the crash. It leaves two families in an unthinkable situation and, possibly, in need of attorneys.
The only good news is that the accident involved just a single car. A 1999 Toyota Corolla was being driven by a 24-year-old person who has yet to be identified. There was one other passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
It was just after 3:00 a.m. when the crash occurred. The driver was heading east on Bear Valley Parkway toward Canyon Road. At the moment, we don’t know what caused the car to veer so sharply off the road and eventually into a light post. However, authorities have said they believe speed may have been a factor. Alcohol and drugs have also not been ruled out as potentially playing a role.
Almost immediately after striking the light post, the Corolla caught fire. The blaze was extinguished by the police and firefighters who arrive on the scene, but by then the driver was already dead. Angel Ramirez, a 23-year-old man from Escondido, was identified as the passenger. He was pronounced dead a little after 9:30 a.m. at Palomar Medical Center due to severe traumatic injuries.
As the accident is still under investigation, authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward. The families of the deceased should probably also consider speaking with attorneys. Depending on how the investigation goes, wrongful death lawsuits may be deemed appropriate. Of course, if someone else is found responsible for forcing the car off the road, bringing in qualified legal representation will be essential.