No matter how many accidents you hear about in the news, the shock and sadness register all the same. You can’t help thinking about what ifs or about how it was the wrong place at the wrong time. And you can’t imagine the pain that the victims and the people around them feel.
Last week Tuesday, a car crash occurred around 1 p.m. near Buccaneer Beach in San Diego County.
19-year-old Mason Fish allegedly ran a red light at the intersection between South Coast Highway and Oceanside Boulevard, slamming his pickup truck into the side of a Mazda sedan. Inside the Mazda, there were six people, a family crowded into the vehicle.
The Tacoma pickup truck sent the sedan into a wild spin across the street. Unfortunately, none of the family members were wearing seatbelts, and two of them were thrown from the vehicle.
The two ejected passengers were 40-year-old Petra Arango and her 13-year-old daughter. Despite restorative efforts, Petra died about an hour later at the hospital.
Rufina Arango Rodriguez and Eloina Arango, Arango’s mother and aunt respectively, also died in the crash. The three survivors were taken to a hospital for checkup and treatment. So far, the extent of their injuries is not known but they are expected to make a recovery.
Oceanside police arrested Fish at the scene, and he was eventually charged with seven felonies: three charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, three charges of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and the possession of a controlled narcotic substance.
Unlike the people he unfortunately crashed into, Fish sustained no serious injuries from the accident.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the crash and their family. It’s difficult to lose a family member, and even worse to have them taken from you by an unsafe driver.