Katie L. Ellison, 21, has been accused of drunk driving and hitting a 55-year-old Texan woman, killing her, and seriously injuring her husband. Ellison is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the El Cajon courthouse.
Ellison is suspected of causing a September 25 incident that killed Lorraine Kennedy, from Brenham, Texas, and critically injuring David Sandel, her husband. The victims were attending their grandchild’s birthday party in Lakeside, according to reports.
Several witnesses reported to CHP investigators that Ellison was driving without her lights on and was indefinitely speeding on the 12200 block of Woodside Avenue around 8 p.m. when she hit Kennedy and Sandel as they were crossing the street after enjoying dinner with family.
One witnessed claimed one of Kennedy’s sons attempted CPR on his mother until paramedics came. Kennedy was driven to a hospital, but died shortly afterward from blunt force trauma, authorities stated.
Ellison suffered critical injuries when her Toyota Yaris struck Kennedy and Sandel. A witness claimed Ellison was lying in the roadway after the incident and bystanders were assisting her. Authorities have no released whether she was wearing a seatbelt.
She was driven to UC San Diego Trauma Center.
According to the 2013 Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions in California, 3,104 peopled were killed, along with 2,853 fatal collisions, in 2004 the number was 3,772. Fortunately, the number of fatal collisions in the past ten years have significantly declined but any loss of lives, especially in the thousands, are extremely sorrowful.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident in Oceanside, contact an experienced and professional personal injury attorney from the law offices of Guldjian Law APC. Personal injury lawyers specialize in assessing your accident to determine whether you were wrongly accused or insufficiently paid.