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Vista, CA (June 22, 2023) — Two children lost their lives this past Sunday after being struck by a car on the freeway. The accident occurred at around 6:00 PM near Vista. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of a green GMC Yukon had pulled over to the right shoulder of State Route 78 while driving eastbound. A 10-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl from the same vehicle ventured into oncoming traffic. Investigators say that a piece of luggage had fallen off the GMC, and the children ran into traffic in an attempt to retrieve it.

Tragically, the children were struck by a white Nissan Sentra in the No. 3 lane. Emergency services, including police and fire officials, promptly responded to the collision. However, the children were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the GMC Yukon, identified as 33-year-old Sandra Ortiz, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol. She is facing felony charges of driving under the influence, child endangerment, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Ortiz is currently held at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee, California, with a bail set at $500,000. Her arraignment is scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 PM. Meanwhile, the driver of the Nissan Sentra, an unidentified 41-year-old, stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Source: ABC7

Peerali Law Offers Its Condolences to the Family of the Victims

We at Peerali Law extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the two children who tragically lost their lives in this devastating crash in San Diego County. Our hearts go out to them during this unimaginably difficult time, and we offer our sincerest sympathies for their profound loss. We hope that justice will be served for the grieving family as they navigate through this painful process. 

Your Legal Options in a Wrongful Death

Whether you lost a loved one in this crash or a similar incident, you may not know what legal options you have. Losing a family member in such a tragic way is both emotionally and financially damaging, so it can be difficult to know what damages you may have. While money can’t replace a life, families do have the option of filing a wrongful death claim for their loss. However, due to the personal nature of losing a loved one, we highly recommend working with an experienced wrongful death attorney.

Lost a Loved One in a Fatal Car Crash on a San Diego Freeway? Our Attorneys Are Here for You

After a tragic accident like this, it is challenging to know where to turn. At Peerali Law, we understand the pain and grief that many families go through when losing a loved one to negligence. We treat all our clients like our family, advocating for them every step of the way. Our results speak for themselves. To schedule a free consultation, please give us a call at 818-928-3731 or send us a message. We humbly serve clients throughout Southern California.

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Kristopher earned his J.D. at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law where he was a member of the Review of Law and Social Justice honors law journal and was awarded several scholastic honors.

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