Report states drowned driver had meth in system

SAN DIEGO – Roland Phillips, the 73-year-old man who drowned along with 5-year-old Phillip Campbell after the vehicle Phillips was driving was swept into a rain-swollen Rainbow Creek Jan. 22, had methamphetamine and alcohol in his system at the time of the accident, according to an autopsy report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.

The report states Phillips’ cause of death was drowning with contributing conditions of “alcohol and methamphetamine use; hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.” The toxicology portion of the report showed there was 1.8 milligrams methamphetamine per liter detected in Phillps’ blood and a small level of alcohol.

Phillips’ Toyota Camry was washed into the volatile creek at the Fifth Street crossing, which residents said was closed that stormy and rainy day due to the raging and rising water in the creek.

7 Responses to "Report states drowned driver had meth in system"

  1. Jina Boudreaux   March 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

    WHAT???????? Could the tic report be showing false positives because of prescribed meds he may have been taking???? This situation was tragic enough with adding stupidity/drug use to it….

  2. Don blamee   March 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    It’s never a good time to discuss these possibilities. The question to ask might be about his past. Unknown factors might be clear to some, in the community. Right or wrong. Yes or no.toxicology reports are accurate to a large extent. Not people. Tragic none the less. The pre existing cardio may be tell tale.

  3. Hmmm   March 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Unfortunately a child’s life was placed in this persons care. Those who knew those involved might not find this surprising. This child is at peace Gods loving arms..

  4. Don blamee   March 22, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Truly a heavy burden none the less. A lifelong trial that these parties must Bear witness to,every waking hour.enough for anyone to attempt to deal with. Let’s allow them the peace of mind that must exist now,between the family, and their community. Give them the love that you would extend to that young child, if you can

  5. Concernd   March 23, 2017 at 5:06 am

    false reports to athourites resulting in the death of a child ? hmmmm is right who was legaly responsible for the child?

  6. Leslie   March 23, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    My son phillip loved his papa and they where inseparable from the day we brought him home from the hospital. All three familys are grieving still over the loss of both of them. To my little baby boy phillip there is not a day that goes by that i dont think about you and wish i could hold you again. I know your up in heaven looking down on us. I love you both. Rest in peace

  7. Concernd   March 25, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    is legal gaurdian the same as legaly responsible.? who had the final say in this little boys life.? is gaurdian just a word or is there no responsibility attached to the title? might he still be with us today if gaurdian was the same as protecter?


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