A head-on collision involving a suspected DUI driver sent a woman, two teens, and a young child to the hospital early Friday morning in El Cajon.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place on Dehesa Road near the Sycuan Casino, where a woman driving a BMW lost control of her vehicle, crossed into oncoming lanes, and smashed head on with a minivan.

The collision trapped the female driver inside her German tuned automobile, and also sparked a small fire. Witnesses to the accident were able to pull two teens and a young child out of the minivan and away from the accident. None were seriously hurt, though they were all taken to nearby Rady’s Children’s Hospital for precautionary measures.

Firefighters were called to the scene to put out the flaming BMW and cut the woman out of the vehicle. It took more than 45 minutes to pull her from the wreckage. Once freed, she was rushed to an area hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

All lanes of Dehesa were closed down for multiple hours as crews worked to clear the debris of the accident from the road and police investigators looked into what factors may have led to the accident. Responding police officers reported that the woman showed alcohol inhibited behavior while at the scene, and now faces charges of driving under the influence.

The woman, whose identity has yet to be released, is lucky that her actions did not more seriously injure the others involved in the crash. Drunk driving accidents carry the potential to inflict serious and life ending damages to both the intoxicated driver and all other motorists who share the road with them.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a drunk driving accident, there are legal rights in place to protect you and give you a means to recover. With the help of an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer, compensation can be awarded to you from those at fault in your ordeal.

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