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Head-On Crash Kills 1 Person in Santee


Occasionally we publish local news regarding automobile and other accidents in Santee and surrounding areas. This is one of those examples. Though very difficult to report, we feel awareness can sometimes lead to better outcomes. In the case of the DUI fatality case reported here and in the local news, hopefully, we are all reminded of how dangerous driving under the influence is and that no one is immune to the consequences.

In addition, as Santee personal injury attorneys, our goal is to make our communities a safer place to live by holding those who are negligent accountable for their actions as well as to get our clients compensated when compensation is due.

If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others, reach out to us for a free consultation. We will let you know if you have a case and what you can hope to receive in compensation.

DUI Fatality Accident on Route 52 in Santee

Drunk driving is believed to be responsible for a deadly head-on car accident in Santee over the weekend. Police say a 30-year-old man – who is suspected of driving under the influence – drove the wrong way on state Route 52, causing a head-on crash.

The man identified as Matthew Leonardo was killed. Four people – including three children –  in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with major injuries.

According to officials, Leonardo died at the scene and “had the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage about him.” Toxicology tests are underway to determine if Leonardo was, indeed, driving under the influence.

Police estimate both vehicles were traveling about 65-70 mph when they collided head-on.

An arrest and conviction for DUI drunk driving in California can mean serious consequences.

If you were injured at the hands of an alleged drunk driver, having an experienced San Diego Car Accident lawyer like those at the Law Office of Steven A. Elia, on your side can help you recover money for damages and suffering.

We have tried many car accident cases in San Diego County and won. Call for an immediate consultation.

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