Boy, 13, Killed in Alleged DUI Collision in San Diego County

Boy, 13, Killed in Alleged DUI Collision in San Diego County

The intersection of North Broadway and Country Club Lane in Escondido, Calif., in May 2023. (Google Maps/Screenshot via California Insider)

City News Service

City News Service

4/29/2024

Updated: 4/29/2024

ESCONDIDO—A 13-year-old boy was fatally injured in a two-vehicle crash in Escondido that allegedly involved an impaired driver, authorities said April 28.
The collision occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and Country Club Lane, according to the Escondido Police Department.
“The first officer on scene found several people with injuries, one of them critically. Responding officers immediately began life-saving measures until Escondido Fire paramedics responded and transported three people to various county hospitals,'' the department reported.
An adult male was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, an adult female to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, and a 13-year-old boy to Palomar Medical Center. All three were Escondido residents.
The boy was later pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said.
Police said they believe alcohol was a factor in the accident. One of the drivers, Alexander Tito Oroz, 20, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter. Oroz was later transported to Tri City Hospital for medical release, with booking pending into Vista jail, according to the department.
The child was a passenger in Oroz’s vehicle. His identity was withheld. The identities of the other two victims have not been released, and no further information was immediately available.
Authorities urged anyone with more information to call Officer Paul Smyth at 760-839-4423.
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