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Pregnant Woman Suffers Life Threatening Injuries by Hit and Run Driver

Escondido CA— Early this morning, June 5, 2016 at about 02:05 AM officers from the Escondido Police Department were dispatched to the area of Broadway and Highway 78 regarding a serious injury collision. Upon arrival, officers discovered one driver had attempted to flee the scene on foot. The driver, Jose Uriostegui, 33 years old from Escondido, was detained by two uninvolved citizens.

According to involved party statements, and physical evidence at the scene, it appears Uriostegui was driving a black 2005 Ford F150 eastbound on Highway 78 at Broadway. A grey 2013 Nissan Altima was northbound on Broadway at Highway 78 where the collision occurred. The driver of the Altima, Lucrecia Vasquez, 27 years old, sustained serious life threatening injuries. Vasquez is six months pregnant and being treated at Palomar Memorial Hospital. There was one other 24 year-old female passenger in the Altima who is being treated for moderate but non-life threatening injuries.

Officers developed probable cause to arrest Uriostegui for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was also unlicensed. Uriostegui was arrested for felony DUI, Felony hit and run, and driving without a driver’s license. Uriostegui was treated for minor injuries from the collision. He was later booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

The traffic investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Officer Mike Nelson of the Traffic Division. We are seeking the public’s help with anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has any additional information about the collision. Witnesses are encouraged to call Officer Nelson at (760) 839-4407

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