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Father, son involved in alleged alcohol-related accident on 86

April 02, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

A 35-year-old Fontana man and his 7-year-old son escaped serious injury after their vehicle overturned in what investigators think was an alcohol-related accident.

According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, Eutimio Diaz was traveling north Saturday on Highway 86 just south of Salton Sea with his son. About 3:45 p.m. Diaz started to drive off the east edge of the highway and overcorrected and drove across the dirt center median.

His vehicle continued across the southbound lanes and overturned on the west dirt shoulder of the highway.

Witnesses told officers that after the accident Diaz threw beer bottles into a wash west of the accident scene.

A passing driver pulled over to offer assistance to Diaz. Diaz asked for a ride to the nearest phone, which was in Desert Shores, several miles north of the accident scene.

Diaz called his wife but failed to notify the Highway Patrol or any police department about the accident.

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Another witness pointed out Diaz at the gas station to Highway Patrol officers.

Diaz was arrested for driving under the influence, child endangerment and hit and run.

Both Diaz and his son were wearing seat-belts at the time of the accident. Diaz suffered minor abrasions to his neck in the accident.

The 7-year-old child, who was unhurt, was taken to the county Betty Jo McNeece receiving home until a parent or relative could take him.

Diaz was being held today on $35,000 bail. According to jail information that conflicted with the Highway Patrol report, Diaz was arrested for assault.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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