Auto Accidents In the News: Drunk Driver Flees Crash Scene, Walks to Gas Station

Garrett Gelrud was involved in a deadly crash at approximately 5:30 a.m. on August 6th. He initially fled the scene, but was detained shortly afterwards at a nearby gas station. The California High Patrol evaluated Gelrud for DUI after his vehicle and two others crashed approximately 50 miles from downtown San Diego. The accident occurred southbound on Old Highway 395, south of highway CA-76.

According to California High Patrol Officials, Gelrud was driving his Chevy Suburban heading north on Old Highway 395 when he drove through a curve in the roadway. Simultaneously, Juan Corza Gonzales, a 62-year old man from Escondido was driving his Nissan Versa heading south, and Alfonso Sumano, 56, and his wife Antonia Juarez, 58, both from Escondido, were driving in their Toyota Prius. As Gelrud drove into the curve, his Suburban crossed the yellow lines and crashed into Gonzales’ Nissan head-on. Gonzales was killed as a result of the impact. Sumano saw the crash and applied his brakes to avoid it, but he ended up rear-ending Gonzalez’s Nissan. Sumano and Juarez escaped with minor injuries.

NBC San Diego caught aerial footage of the aftermath of the crash, which showed a white SUV in one lane, a blue car in the middle of the road and the silver car half in the road, half on a rock wall that lines the road. The Nissan (the blue car) was completely destroyed. The other vehicles sustained damage to the front of each.

Gelrud was apprehended just after 6:00 a.m. He was leaving the crash site barefoot. Officials apprehended him at a nearby gas station. He sustained minor injuries. Gelrud will be charged with suspicion of felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter, and felony hit-and-run. The accident is still under investigation.

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