Consuming alcohol is often considered a rite of passage for many young people. Even though we raise our children knowing the dangers of drinking and driving, young, inexperienced drivers are more prone to make poor judgments and take unnecessary risks.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that may have been the case when a 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Thursday, November 11, 2021. According to San Diego authorities, she allegedly struck two teen pedestrians and fled the scene of the crash. One teen was left with critical injuries.
According to a statement issued by the San Diego Police Department, the woman had been driving in the Loma Portal neighborhood, traveling northbound on Rosecrans Street near the intersection of Lytton Street when she crashed her Kia Forte into the two boys.
Police say that the accident happened at approximately 4:40 a.m. when the driver attempted a right turn near Liberty Station. The two young men were also heading northbound on foot when they were hit by the vehicle.
The driver got out of her vehicle and attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by San Diego Police officers approximately two blocks away. She was placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run.
Paramedics responded to the scene and transported both teens to an area hospital for treatment. One teen suffered what has been described as life-threatening injuries. The other teen suffered only minor injuries in the crash.
So far, authorities have not released the name of the suspect driver.
The accident is currently under investigation.