A North County community leader injured in an Escondido-area crash shared his story with 10News on Saturday.
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Danny Perez who is an anti-drinking and drugs advocate was among three people who were injured in a crash at Bear Valley Parkway and San Pasqual Valley Road early Saturday morning. One person was also killed in the crash.
Perez was injured along with his wife, who was riding in the front seat of their green Ford Aerostar van.
"She got the worst of everything," said Perez.
Perez's wife suffered major injuries but she is expected to survive.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a white Hyundai Sonata collided with a Ford Aerostar van on its passenger side shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
"The vehicle just came
ran [a] red light and hit us full speed," said Perez.
The CHP said the driver of the Sonata that hit Perez and his wife was 27-year-old Joshua Goldbaum of Escondido.
According to the CHP, Goldbaum ran from the scene of the crash. 10News learned he then got a ride from a young woman he did not know.
The CHP believes Goldbaum was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Shortly after the crash, Ken Corey arrived at scene to help after he heard the collision from his home.
"Yeah, I heard it," said Corey. "I felt it. That's how hard they hit... I felt it. It was a severe impact."
Corey ran to the aid of the most critically injured. One was a 21-year-old woman who was barely alive in the back of the Sonata.
"[She was] lying across the back seat, trying to breathe," said Corey. "[She was] gasping for air and lying in a pool of blood. I told her to relax. Paramedics were on their way."
But before paramedics arrived, the woman died in his arms.
"I lost the pulse," said Corey. "I would like her mom to know that she was saying she was sorry and it got me thinking all day today that I wish I could have done something."
Authorities were withholding the woman's name.
Another passenger in the Sonata sustained minor injuries.
A few hours later, authorities arrested Goldbaum, who was believed to have been behind the wheel of the Sonata.
Goldbaum was booked on several charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter, hit and run causing death and injury and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol resulting in bodily injury.
He is being held at the Vista jail. Bail was set at $100,000.
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