Pregnant driver hit by DUI suspect severely injured

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A 27-year-old pregnant driver suffered serious, life-threatening injuries when her car was hit by a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver, who tried to flee the scene early Sunday in Escondido.

The crash was at 2 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 78 and Broadway, Escondido police Lt. Mike Kearney said in a statement.

Lucrecia Vasquez, who is six-months pregnant, was taken to Palomar Memorial Hospital.

Her 24-year-old female passenger was hospitalized with moderate, but not life-threatening injuries, Kearney said. her name was not released.

Jose Uriostegui, 33, of Escondido, tried to run into the night but was held for police by two good Samaritans who had witnessed the crash, according to Kearney.

Uriostegui was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of felony drunken driving, felony hit and run and driving without a license. He sustained minor injuries in the collision, Kearney said.

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