On July 14, 2017, at 8:25 p.m., Vista deputies observed a suspicious vehicle on Buena Creek Road and believed it was possibly an unreported stolen car. The vehicle sped by deputies, tailgating the vehicle in front of it.
A traffic enforcement stop was initiated but the driver failed to yield and sped off eastbound on S. Santa Fe Avenue toward San Marcos. The suspect reached speeds of 100 mph during the two minute pursuit. The suspect collided with another vehicle occupied by a solo male driver at the intersection of Mission Road and Knoll Road in San Marcos, disabling both vehicles.
The suspect, Lauren Valenzuela (4/13/84), was taken into custody at the scene. Both Valenzuela and the other driver were taken to Palomar Hospital with minor injuries. Valenzuela was arrested for felony evading and felony evading resulting in injury. Traffic was shut down at the intersection while a traffic investigation was conducted.
On 07/14/17, at approximately 8:25 PM, Vista deputies were in pursuit of a possibly unreported stolen vehicle, a GMC Terrain. The pursuit entered into the city of San Marcos where the GMC being pursued, was involved in a collision at W. Mission Rd. and Knoll Rd. The victim vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, was traveling eastbound on W. Mission Rd. when the front of the GMC collided with the right rear bumper of the Toyota. The force of the collision caused the Toyota to begin to rotate and travel towards the westbound lanes of traffic on W. Mission Rd. As the Toyota traveled in a northeasterly direction and was rotating, the right front bumper and quarter panel of the Toyota collided with a dark green vehicle, traveling in the # 1 westbound lane of W. Mission Rd. The driver of this dark green vehicle did not stop at the collision scene.
Members of the Sheriff’s Traffic Accident Reconstruction team from San Marcos were dispatched to investigate the collision. During the collision investigation, the second collision between the Toyota and a dark green vehicle was discovered. Traffic Investigators are asking for the public’s help in attempting to locate the driver and vehicle involved in this second collision. The driver of the dark green vehicle is being sought to aid in the collision investigation and not for criminal prosecution.
Anyone who was in the area of W. Mission Rd. and Knoll Rd. around 8:51 PM, on 07/14/17, who may have witnessed or seen this dark green vehicle, or have information as to the identity of the driver or vehicle information, is asked to contact the San Marcos Traffic Accident Investigators, Deputy Bennetts or Deputy Guerrero, with any information.
UPDATE ON INJURIES: The driver of the GMC sustained serious but not life threatening injuries and was admitted to Palomar Medical Center. The driver of the Toyota sustained moderate injuries and was treated and later released. The investigation and cause of the collision is on-going and being conducted by the San Marcos Traffic Unit.