By SDCN Editor
Oceanside, CA–A vehicle pursuit Tuesday evening by a suspected DUI driver ended in a collision, killing one juvenile male, and injuring four people in another vehicle, Oceanside Police said.
Oceanside police were alerted around 11 p.m. to a White Volkswagen GTI near Mission Avenue and Myers Street driving with no lights on. The officer attempted a traffic stop northbound on Myers Street just south of Pier View Way. The driver failed to yield and immediately sped north on Myers Street at a high rate of speed. Approximately 30 seconds later, the suspect’s vehicle broadsided a Blue Nissan Altima, carrying the occupants, traveling east on Surfrider Way. One of the passengers of the Altima, a 12-year-old boy, had sustained fatal injuries due to the collision, Oceanside Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Atenza in a news release.
The occupants of the victim’s vehicle, a 27-year-old driver and a six-year-old passenger, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The two occupants of the Volkswagen suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Four people were transported to local trauma centers for treatment.
The investigation is ongoing, and it is suspected that alcohol and speed were a factor in the collision.
The driver, 20-year-old Edward Minot Jr. of Mill Spring, North Carolina, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter.
The deceased’s name is withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to call Oceanside Police Department Traffic Collision Investigator Paul at (760) 435-4431.