Media sources reported that a San Diego motorist suspected of killing a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) employee on eastbound Interstate 8 was arrested Tuesday for gross vehicular manslaughter.
The driver also faces a separate charge of felony hit-and-run driving in connection with the death of the Caltrans employee. The driver allegedly veered into the section of a rest stop that the employee was working on just after 1pm Tuesday. The driver struck the man, causing him to die on his injuries at the scene east of Drew Road. California Highway Patrol officials allege that the driver then tried to flee through the closed rest area but overturned his 2003 Ford.
The driver was initially taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center before being flown to the University of California San Diego Medical Center for treatment of unspecified major injuries, said Highway Patrol Officer Miguel Lizarraga in a press release. No other people or vehicle were involved in this accident.
Because the accident involved a Caltrans employee, the CHP’s investigative unit, Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, is further investigating the crash.
As a San Diego car accident lawyer, it saddens me to hear of a man being killed while working to help better our state. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this tragic time. If you’ve been injured in a car accident because of the negligent driving of another motorist, contact a car accident lawyer in your city immediately to learn more about your rights and discuss your case.