On Saturday, Lance Corporal Robert T. Austin was driving on the I-15 in Escondido. He got into a small fender bender accident with a nearby car, that caused Austin’s car to spin out of control. Austin and the passengers got out of the car and seconds later, another car crashed into Austin’s stalled car and Austin was knocked off of the freeway and down an embankment. The driver then fled.
Soon after, a third car hit the second car that had been abandoned on the road, causing the passenger of the third car to be killed instantly. Austin was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the second car, Oscar Tinoco, was found and arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run.
Multi-car accidents occur all the time. Unfortunately, they are often caused by drunk drivers. If you are planning on drinking, find a designated driver to take you home. If Tinoco is convicted of all of these charges, he may spend the rest of his life in prison. Regardless if you live in Orange or Irvine, if you are involved in a DUI accident, call an experienced DUI defense attorney right away to assist you.