Fallbrook man faces DUI charge in fatal traffic collision

A Fallbrook man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a two-vehicle collision Saturday night that killed a 15-year-old Murrieta girl, auth...


A Fallbrook man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a two-vehicle collision Saturday night that killed a 15-year-old Murrieta girl, authorities said.

Jose A. Zazueta, 19, was driving his 2015 BMW westbound at a high rate of speed about 6:15 p.m. on a winding stretch of Rancho California Road just east of Via Santa Rosa in unincorporated Riverside County, according to a CHP news release. As the road curved to the right, the BMW veered to the left and into oncoming traffic. Zazueta's vehicle, with three passengers, collided head-on with am eastbound 2005 Toyota Corolla.

The BMW left the roadway and went down an embankment, coming to rest on its roof. All occupants extricated themselves from the vehicle with moderate to major injuries.

The Toyota Corolla came to rest in the westbound lane. The driver, an 18-year-old male from Murrieta, and a rear-seat passenger, an 18-year-old male also from Murrieta, suffered major injuries. The 15-year-old female, seated in the right front seat, died of blunt force injuries.

CHP officers determined that Zazueta was driving recklessly and under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to a local hospital and will be booked at the Southwest Detention Facility in Murrieta upon his medical clearance. He faces charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

"The CHP would like to remind everyone that DUI’s are 100 perventable," said CHP Officer Mike Lassig. "If you drink, don’t drive. Designate a sober driver. Your life or someone else’s depends on it."

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