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William Burton, 17, Killed in Apline Car Accident South Grade Road (Dec. 11)

Granite Hills High School Teen Killed in Crash on South Grade Road; 4 Injured

Teen Killed in Apline Car Accident South Grade Road (Dec. 11)APLINE, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2017) — William Burton, 17, of Alpine died late Monday night when he was ejected from a Jeep he was riding in after its driver veered into oncoming traffic in the 2100 block of South Grade Road, according to the NBC 7 San Diego.

The two-vehicle collision took place, just east of Via Vejas Oeste about 8:30 p.m.

The 17-year-old was a star football player at Granite Hills High School. He and two other teenagers were returning home after a football team banquet.

Burton was in the back of the vehicle where there were no seats or seat belts, police said. Four other people were injured in the crash. Police say the driver, an 18-year-old from Crest, drifted off the roadway onto the shoulder, over-corrected and then crashed into a white Lexus traveling in the opposite direction. The SUV broadsided the Jeep.

The Jeep’s 18-year-old driver and a front-seat passenger, who was also a 17-year-old from Alpine, suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Police say these two occupants were wearing their seat belts.

Paramedics responded and transported the two surviving teenagers to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego where they were treated for minor to moderate injuries.

The driver of the Lexus, a 51-year-old Apline man, and his 13-year-old female passenger, both suffered minor injuries. They were not taken to a hospital.

The crash, which was near the gated community of Rancho Palo Verde, remains under investigation, however, drugs and or alcohol were not suspected.


Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of this young person who are coping with this tragedy. 


The loss of a loved one in a collision is devastating to a family. The impact will certainly last a lifetime. It appears in this case that the vehicle was unsafe and not designed to carry a third passenger. The driver may not have been reckless, but can still considered negligent for allowing a passenger to occupy the vehicle without proper restraints such as a seat and safety belt.

A wrongful death claim can be made to compensate the family for their financial losses. While we know it will never make up for the loss of their loved one, the law provides compensation for medical costs, funeral expenses, loss of consortium or companionship as well as pain and suffering.

Our experienced and professional San Diego County attorneys will help you obtain the justice you deserve by providing the best legal support and representation available. Give us a call at 800-235-6801 for a free case review.

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