Pregnant Woman Loses Baby in Drunken Hit-and-Run

The drunk driver who seriously injured a pregnant woman and killed her unborn baby in a hit-and-run crash last June has been sentenced to 7 years in prison. A drunk driver stuck 27-year-old Lucrecia Vasquez’s Nissan Altima around 2 a.m. on June 5, 2016. The crash occurred at the intersection of Route 78 and Broadway in Escondido. A drunk driver, 33-year-old Jose Uriostegui, ran a red light in his Ford F-150. He then ran into Vasquez’s vehicle on the driver’s side.

Uriostegui attempted to flee the scene on foot. Fortunately, two witnesses chased him and held him until authorities arrived. The pregnant woman and her 24-year-old female passenger both required hospitalization for their injuries. Vasquez was admitted to Palomar Medical Center in critical condition. Her unborn son died in utero. Vasquez was six months pregnant at the time of the crash.

The victim underwent five surgeries for the internal bleeding she suffered. At the hearing in December, she told the judge she continues to struggle with mental trauma over the loss of her unborn son, Santiago. Uriostegui also told the court he accepts full responsibility for the deadly crash.

How to Address a Drunken Hit-and-Run

Suffering at the hands of a drunk driver is traumatic enough. Adding the element of a hit-and-run can make the problem even worse. If you find yourself find yourself the victim of a drunken hit-and-run, these are our 6 steps for safely addressing the situation.

“We are saddened by the tragic death of the victim’s unborn child. We wish her peace as she copes with this terrible loss,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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