DUI Suspect Hits 2 Pedestrians, Flees Crash

The suspect drunk driving hit-and-run crash happened at Escondido Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue just after 4 p.m. on Sept. 3

A 21-year-old Escondido resident suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol was arrested Thursday after hitting two pedestrians with his car, officials confirmed.

Police said Joshua Villavicencio was behind the wheel of a silver Cadillac CTS just after 4 p.m. when he crashed into two women walking at the intersection of Escondido Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.

The Escondido Police Department (EPD) said both pedestrians suffered serious injuries and were transported via helicopter to a local hospital. Their conditions were unknown as of Friday morning.

Meanwhile, police said Villavicencio ran away from the crash. A detective tracked him down two blocks away from the wreck. After a quick chase on foot, he was taken into custody and arrested on several charges, including suspicion of DUI and felony hit-and-run.

Villavicencio was booked into the Vista Detention Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Anyone who witnessed this hit-and-run collision should contact the EPD’s tip line at (760) 743-8477.

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