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13-year-old killed in Escondido DUI crash; driver arrested, several injured

13-year-old killed in Escondido DUI crash, several injured
13-year-old killed in Escondido DUI crash, several injured
Posted at 11:26 AM, Apr 28, 2024

ESCONDIDO (KGTV) — A crash in Escondido that police said was DUI-related left a 13-year-old boy dead and several other people injured late Saturday night.

Shortly before 10 p.m., authorities responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision at the intersection of North Broadway and Country Club Lane that resulted in several people injured.

Police said a 13-year-old boy with critical injuries was transported to Palomar Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A man and a woman were also transported to nearby hospitals with unknown injuries.

Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash and have identified Alexander Tito Oroz, 20, as one of the drivers involved.

Oroz received treatment at Tri-City Hospital and is facing charges of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter, according to the Escondido Police Department.

Lt. Damian Jackson said the 13-year-old victim was a passenger in Oroz's car at the time of the crash. The identity of the victim has not been released.

The Escondido Police Department's Traffic Division is investigating the collision. Anyone who was a witness or knows anyone with any additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Escondido Police Collision Investigator Officer Paul Smyth at (760) 839-4423.