3 Women Killed, 3 Hurt in Oceanside Crash; Suspect Arrested for DUI
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2019) — Eloina Arango, 56, of Mexico, Petra Arango, 40, and Rufina Rodriguez, 74, both of Oceanside, were identified as the three people killed in Tuesday’s crash involving a suspected drugged driver.
Mason Fish, 19, of Oceanside, was arrested after his pickup truck collided with a vehicle occupied by the three women and three others who were injured in the crash Tuesday afternoon at South Coast Highway and Oceanside Boulevard.
The crash was reported at 12:50 p.m. this afternoon. Fish was behind the wheel of a 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driving southbound on South Coast Highway when he allegedly ran through a red traffic light. The pickup truck crashed broadside into the driver’s side of an eastbound 2003 Mazda 6 sedan occupied by five people including a 13-year-old girl. The car had been traveling on Oceanside Boulevard when upon impact it spun around violently.
The teenage girl and Petra Arango were both ejected through the rear window of the Mazda upon impact as they were possibly not wearing seat belts. Arango was airlifted to Tri-City Medical Center where despite aggressive life saving measures she later died. The child was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Eloina Arango and Rufina Rodriguez, who were in the backseat, died at the scene of the crash.
Meanwhile, Oceanside Fire Department crews responded and extricated the Mazda’s driver and a passenger who were trapped in the vehicle.
Paramedics transported two people with injuries to Scripps La Jolla Medical Center and a third injured person was transported to Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside.
Police arrested the truck’s driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
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