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Oceanside, CA – Driver Dies duriing Two-Vehicle Collision on Mission Avenue near Fireside Street and El Camino Real

Oceanside, CA (August 6, 2018) – A San Diego local news source reported that a driver died as the result of a brutal traffic accident and suspected hit-and-run incident that took place on Mission Avenue last week. The incident happened at approximately 9:45 PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Authorities have identified the deceased victim as 22-year old Oceanside resident Rufus Lucas and the suspect driver as 29-year old Rijal Blueberries St. Michel.

Based on the original report from Oceanside Police, St. Michel had been driving a 1995 Toyota Camry along Mission Avenue when he began swerving across the eastbound and westbound lanes before attempting to execute a U-turn. As he attempted the move, St. Michel collided with an oncoming Toyota Echo operated by Lucas.

Ultimately, Lucas’ vehicle spun out of control and overturned, eventually coming to a halt on eastbound Mission, near Fireside Street and El Camino Real. Authorities confirmed Lucas was killed as a direct result of the impact.

Meanwhile, police revealed that St. Michel briefly remained at the scene before trying to flee. Officers later arrested the culprit and sent him to Vista Detention Center at some time on Sunday, August 5, 2018. As of today, St. Michel has been detained on a $1 million bail for counts of felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter resulting in injury and death, and negligence.

We extend our most heartfelt prayers and our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Rufus Lucas and wish them strength during this tragic and difficult time.

Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in San Diego County

Hit-and-run incidences should not be taken lightly. Fleeing a crash site is considered a cowardly, criminal act that can result in severe punishment including charges of felony hit-and-run. Based on this information and the evidence from the investigation, Mr. St. Michel will be held fully accountable for causing the violent accident leading to a wrongful death.

The members of Lucas’ family can potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit, pending the results of the investigation. By seeking the assistance of a professional lawyer, these individuals can receive much-deserved compensation for multiple, unfortunate circumstances including funeral expenses and the tragic loss of a loved one.

We at Brady Law Group will work with you to ensure your rights and give you the peace of mind needed to focus on your recovery.

If you’ve been injured as the result of another person’s negligence, please call us at (866) 211-2562 to receive a free consultation with one of our expert attorneys.

Note: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified by our own writing staff. If you have identified any false information in the story, please inform us immediately, and we will adjust the posting to reflect the most accurate content available.

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Brady Law Group strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that, through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident.


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