Mason Fish Arrested in Fatal DUI Crash at South Coast Highway and Oceanside Boulevard
OCEANSIDE, CA (February 5, 2019) – Three women were killed following a DUI crash Tuesday afternoon in Oceanside.
The fatal crash happened around 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of South Coast Highway and Oceanside Boulevard.
According to police, a Toyota Tacoma was traveling on South Coast Highway when it failed to stop at a red light and broadsided a Mazda sedan at Oceanside Boulevard.
Three women in the Mazda were killed in the crash. The victims were later identified as a 74-year-old Rufina Rodriguez of Oceanside, and her two daughters 40-year-old Petra Arango, also from Oceanside, and Eloina Arango of Mexico.
Rodriguez and Eloina Arango were pronounced dead at the scene. Petra Arango was declared dead at Tri-City Medical Medical. She was reportedly ejected from the car during the collision.
Their three other family members were injured in the crash.
Petra’s 13-year-old daughter was also ejected from the car.
The two men in the front seats of the Mazda, an 82-year-old Aquilino Arango Ojeda of Fallbrook and a 43-year-old Rey David Velasco Herrera of Oceanside, were trapped in the wreckage. After firefighters freed them, they were taken to trauma centers for treatment of moderately serious injuries.
Police later determined that the driver of the Toyota pickup truck, a 19-year-old Mason Fish, was driving under the influence of controlled substance at the time of the crash.
Fish was arrested and booked into county jail in Vista on three counts each of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI resulting in bodily injury, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of controlled substance. His bail was set at $800,000.
A defense attorney claimed Fish just found out his grandmother died Tuesday and was driving to the beach to clear his head before going to class at a local community college.
Meanwhile, the deputy district attorney said investigators found cocaine in Fish’s wallet.
A GoFundMe is set up to help the family with their funeral and medical expenses.
We would like to extend our sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of the victims.
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