DUI motorhome driver from Poway causes major injury to male driver from Temecula on State Route 76

According to California Highway Patrol officer Jim Bettencourt, on Sunday, April 21, at approximately 1:40 p.m., 58-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Smith of Poway was driving his 2002, 34-foot Hurricane Motorhome on eastbound State Route 76, east of Vista Way. Smith stopped on the right shoulder directly behind a 59-year-old male from Temecula who was also stopped on the right shoulder adjusting items in his vehicle so they would not move around.

The 59-year-old male had just finished asking his wife to watch the motorhome because it was close behind and he was afraid it would hit him.

Suddenly, his wife felt the impact of the motorhome colliding into the back of their vehicle. Her husband was pinned between the two vehicles.

The 59-year-old male from Temecula was transported via Mercy Air to Palomar hospital with major injuries. His wife the passenger in the vehicle did not sustain any injuries.

Smith was arrested and booked into Vista Detention Facility for felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury.

This collision remains under investigation.

5 Responses to "DUI motorhome driver from Poway causes major injury to male driver from Temecula on State Route 76"

  1. A 53 Year old Grandma   April 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

    How in the world can a man any age especially in his late 50’s be so ignorant as to drink and drive?
    Do people never learn no matter what age they are? I would not be surprised if he has priors or he conveniently gets away with it driving a huge motorhome because they kinda go all over the freeway anyway right?

    If these man does live through this serious injury he will suffer with the loss of his legs in the years of enjoying his grown kids, his grandkids and the best years of his life finally, retirement. His family will be forever traumatized by what happened to him and angry for the rest of their lives.

    While the drunk driver will literally walk away with a slap on the hand, even if its his 2nd, or 3rd DUI, with a slap on the hand of 1 to 4 years. Probably serve the 1 to 2 years. He will go back to driving his huge motorhome on weekend get aways while enjoying his retirement, with his wife, children and grandchildren. With not a care in the world other then his next beer.

  2. so sad...   April 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

    My hear just sank when I saw the line that he had just asked his wife to keep an eye on the motorhome and then the impact… of all the long stretch of road, the drunk had to pull over RIGHT THERE where this man was just miding his own business! It seems so impossible that something like this can happen, but it always does with these drunk drivers! Why can’t the ever just pass the inocent, responsible parties and wipe out without hurting anyone else!!! I don’t understand!!! Drunks just have this dumb luck, they never get hurt, it’s always the other people.

  3. Julie B   April 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Unfortunately you can expect more and more of this disgusting behavior. I am only 43, but I along with precious few, have respect for human life still. More and more people are treating life as if it doesn’t matter. The values my grandparents instilled in me are being wasted on the entitled youth, the depressed baby boomers and anyone affected by the state of our economy. Couple that with the fact that NOTHING serious is done to DUI offenders and there you have it. A slap on the hand is not good enough. My dad was almost killed by a drunk driver when I was 9. His work van came 2 feet from rolling over the freeway pass after flipping multiple times. NOTHING HAS CHANGED! Nothing WILL change until these senseless injuries and deaths happen to someone higher up that can do something about it. The sneaky texting needs to be stopped as well. More and more accidents in the mid part of the day even, are being reported. It’s scary just to drive to the market anymore.

  4. Jennifer Hermes-O'Dell   April 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    These are friends of ours. The injured man is an employee of my husband and was in our wedding. His wife called us last night and said he was in surgery. Things were finally turning around for them after a very rough couple of years. This is devastating news. We are praying for his speedy recovery.

  5. Lee   April 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

    THIS is what happens when our own government, in this case our State of California, gives us the LEGAL authority to drive and operate a motor vehicle with 0.08%, roughly the equivalent of two beers, of alcohol level in our blood! THIS is what happens when the government who is supposed to be the ultimate authority for RIGHT, for GOOD, for JUSTICE, etc., . . . commits a wrong. This is the result, folks! We all know that when folks consume two beers that MANY who do so don’t stop just with two. We ALL know that!

    And so does our government!

    And yet out GOVERNMENT allows us to operate a motor vehicle with alcohol in our blood. UNREAL!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.