Bernardo Valdez ID’d as Man Killed in Escondido Crash on Harmony Grove Road near Wild Willow Hollow Road
San Diego County, California (February 4, 2020) – The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who was killed Friday morning in a head-on crash involving a stolen SUV in Escondido as Bernardo Valdez, 28, of Escondido.
The deadly crash took place at around 7:44 a.m. Friday, January 31 in the 8500 block of Harmony Grove Road, just west of Wild Willow Hollow Road.
The CHP said Valdez was driving a Subaru WRX westbound on Harmony Grove Road when, for unknown reasons, he drifted into an eastbound lane and sideswiped an oncoming Toyota Prius driven by a 49-year-old San Marcos man.
Valdez ‘s Subaru then collided head-on with a Toyota Highlander SUV driven by Ardeshir Tooraji, 38, of Carlsbad. The force of the impact caused the Highlander to roll over.
Valdez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tooraji and his three passengers, a 26-year-old man and two women, ages 34 and 38, all from San Marcos, were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the Prius was not injured.
Authorities determined that the Highlander was stolen. Tooraji was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and possession of stolen property.
Harmony Grove near Wild Willow Hollow Road was shut down following the crash.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary so as clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.