According to some studies, ride-share services like Uber and Lyft have had an impact on the number of DUIs in some areas. When a reliable, sober ride is just a press on a screen away, driving while intoxicated is simply not worth the trouble it would cause to most people. Services like Uber and Lyft require that their drivers have not been charged or convicted of a DUI in the past ten years. While this may keep a certain portion of intoxicated drivers off of the street, it does not prevent every instance. Fox 5 San Diego reports on a DUI accident that killed one person and injured three others who were traveling in a ride-share vehicle.
The crash happened just after 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning on Southbound SR-163 near Quince Drive.
According to witnesses, a Lexus sedan rear-ended a Mazda sedan, causing both vehicles to veer off the roadway. One of the vehicles continued traveling down an embankment.
The Mazda was a ride-share vehicle and had two passengers in the back seat. The driver of the Lexus, identified only as a female, was suspected of being intoxicated.
One of the passengers was ejected from the vehicle. Another passenger, a 40-year-old man from San Francisco, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both drivers were treated for their injuries.
The driver of the Lexus is expected to face multiple charges including DUI.