Grandmother and Grandson Die In Fiery Drunk Driving Accident

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Update: 19 Dec 2011. Foulds was on his way home after spending the afternoon drinking at a bar with co-workers. The company holiday party was scheduled for the next day, Saturday. Information provided by Division 8, the company that employed Foulds. 

A grandmother and her grandson were killed on Route 125 after being rear-ended by a drunk driver on his way home from a holiday party. Celia Torres, 73, and David Gonzalez, 16, died after being trapped in their burning car.

Celia Torres drove from her home in Tijuana to pick up David Friday afternoon. He had an appointment with a Tijuana orthodontist the next day and they wanted to make sure he didn’t miss it.

They left Fletcher Hills shortly after 5 p.m. At 5:35 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol, traffic was heavy on southbound Route 125, and Torres and David were caught in it. They were traveling only about 5 mph when a truck driven by Justin Foulds, 39, of Lemon Grove, slammed into the back of their Pathfinder setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles.

Witnesses said Foulds’ Chevrolet Silverado and the Pathfinder erupted into flames within seconds.

Foulds was able to get out in time. He told officers he had earlier attended an office Christmas party. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. Sign on San Diego, 10 Dec 2011

According to the California DMV, alcohol related accidents caused 1,489 deaths in 2007 and were responsible for 37% of all traffic fatalities. Our condolences to the Torres and Gonzalez families.