It was just past 4:30 am on June 26th when a vehicle carrying two teenagers collided with a power pole while they were driving through Ramona. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old-man behind the wheel of the Jeep Patriot then struck another one.
The driver of the car sustained only minor injuries, though California Highway Patrol could not confirm what they were. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Sadly, his passenger was not so lucky. The 17-year-old woman suffered such severe injuries that she needed to be airlifted from the scene to Palomar Medical Center. Although she was unconscious when the helicopter arrived, CHP did report that she was breathing.
At this time, details surrounding the crash are still vague. The driver claimed he and his passenger had just left a friend’s house and were on their way home when the crash occurred. CHP did not find any alcohol or drugs in the car and, at the moment, neither is being considered a factor in the accident. Neither victim’s name is being released at this time.
Just because drugs and alcohol weren’t found at the scene doesn’t mean the driver isn’t responsible for the accident. However, that’s not to say the passenger couldn’t have played a role herself. Either way, both would be well advised to see a personal injury lawyer if for no other reason than to get a consultation. Hospital visits are never cheap, especially when you need to be taken by ambulance or helicopter. Having a lawyer looking out for your best interests could make all the difference when it comes to that hospital bill. It could also keep you out of more serious trouble if the other occupant of the vehicle decides to press charges.