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OCEANSIDE: Rufina Rodriguez, Petra Arango and Eloina Arango Killed In Car Accident With Drunk Driver By Oceanside Boulevard and South Coast Highway


Feb 11, 2019

Rufina Rodriguez, Petra Arango and Eloina Arango Killed In Oceanside Car Accident By Intersection Of Oceanside Boulevard and South Coast Highway

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA (February 10, 2019) – A 74-year-old woman identified as Rufina Rodriguez has tragically died in a car accident along with her two adult children Petra Arango and Eloina Arango.

California Highway Patrol arrested one man following the accident on suspicion of DUI. Petra Arango was ejected from the car following the crash and taken to the hospital. She was later pronounced dead due to her injuries. 

Rufina Rodriguez and Eloina Arango were both pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are saying that the vehicle the victims were in was broadsided by a truck. 

Aquilino Arango Ojeda and Rey David Velasco were injured in the crash. They were trapped in the wreckage but were later freed by firefighters. 

The suspect responsible for the crash is currently being held at a county jail in Vista on a $602,000 bond. A Go fund Me account has been created to help the family with funeral as well as medical expenses. 

According to the Crowley Car Company, “Remy (Remedios) Arango is a 20+ year employee of North County Ford, currently Used Car Inventory Assistant.  

Tragically yesterday, his mother and two sisters were killed in a car accident in Oceanside – hit by a young driver under the influence of a controlled substance, who ran a red light.  

Remy’s father, brother-in-law and niece survived with crash with injuries.  
We are collecting money to help Remy cover the expenses of they may incur.  
Any help you can provide will be appreciated.”

Liability In DUI Accidents

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. According to the California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.”

But alcohol is not the only substance that can impair a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely. According to the statute, “(f) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle.”  A “drug” can include both illegal and prescription drugs. It is every person’s responsibility to consult wit their doctor to make sure that their prescriptions won’t impair their ability to drive safely. 

The family of a victim that dies in a DUI accident will be able to seek justice by filing a wrongful death claim. According to California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60, a wrongful death action can be brought by a victim’s next of kin including brothers, sisters, children and parents. A wrongful death attorney can investigate your case free of charge and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Rufina Rodriguez, Petra Arango and Eloina Arango. We also hope that Aquilino Arango Ojeda and Rey David Velasco are able to recover fully. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page set up to help the victims’ family. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of personal injury claims on behalf of our clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights following an accident or need a free investigation into your case we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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