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Published on April 22, 2024
Family Hospitalized and Infant Injured After Wrong-Way Crash in San Marcos, Driver Suspected of DUISource: Google Street View

Chaos erupted on the streets of San Marcos on Sunday evening when a wrong-way driver caused a head-on crash that left multiple people injured - including an infant. The collision, which is now under intense investigation by local authorities, occurred just before nightfall, at about 7:45 p.m., near the intersection of South Santa Fe Avenue and North Rancho Santa Fe Road.

According to the San Marcos Sheriff's Station, witnesses who saw the blue Honda SUV hurtling down the eastbound lane on the wrong side promptly dialed 9-1-1. Following the collision, their calls led to a swift response from deputies and traffic investigators. It also involved a red Honda SUV carrying a family of three and a white Toyota car.

The family trapped inside the red Honda SUV included a young couple and their little one. Both the 24-year-old father and the 22-year-old mother were whisked away to Palomar Medical Center, where they are currently being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. In an act of providence, their infant, who was secured in a car seat, escaped with apparently less severe injuries, necessitating a checkup at Rady Children's Hospital, as per a San Marcos Sheriff's Station news release.

Luck seemed to be a passenger in the white Toyota, as its 46-year-old driver walked away from the harrowing incident without a scratch after being assessed by paramedics on the spot. Meanwhile, the driver responsible for the mayhem, a 29-year-old man steering the blue Honda SUV, was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla with major injuries which, by some fortune, were not life-threatening.

Deputy Juan Soto-Rodriguez, the point of contact for the media, indicated that alcohol might have played a role in this tragic event. The investigation remains active, with traffic services working to unravel the full story behind the crash. For those seeking updates, Deputy Soto-Rodriguez can be reached at [email protected] or by calling the San Marcos Sheriff's Station Traffic Services at (760) 510-5200.