13-Year-Old Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Escondido

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ESCONDIDO, CA (April 29, 2024)A tragic accident in Escondido has claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy, Rodrigo Tapia Junior, following a two-vehicle collision allegedly involving a drunk driver. 


The incident occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and Country Club Lane.


Escondido Police reported that first responders found several injured parties at the scene, with Rodrigo critically wounded. Despite immediate life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at Palomar Medical Center. Two other individuals, including the suspected impaired driver, 20-year-old Alexander Tito Oroz, were also hospitalized but are expected to survive.


Rodrigo, remembered by his family and friends as a vibrant and ambitious young boy, had been attending a Quinceañera just hours before the accident. Oroz, who is now facing charges of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter, allegedly ran a red light during the crash.


The community is mourning the loss of a young life full of potential, and the family is organizing fundraising efforts to cover funeral expenses. Those wishing to contribute can find more information on the family’s fundraising page.


Authorities are appealing for any additional information related to the Escondido DUI crash and have asked witnesses to contact Officer Paul Smyth at 760-839-4423. 

If you or someone you know has been affected by a similar incident, legal assistance can be crucial. Families of accident victims may be able to file a claim for wrongful death or seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, and other damages. The personal injury attorneys at RTM Law Firm have years of experience helping victims of drunk drivers and can provide the guidance and support needed during this difficult time. Don’t hesitate to reach out




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