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19-year-old fatally injured in SR76 crash

Nineteen-year-old Sean Walker Jordan was fatally injured in an automobile collision on SR76 at 3:23 a.m. on Saturday, December 20.

According to Officer J. Jenkins of the California Highway Patrol, Walker was driving a 2002 Toyota Tacoma eastbound on SR76, approximately 1.5 miles east of South Mission Road, when he made an “unsafe turning movement,” causing his truck to travel across the westbound lane onto the north side of the roadway.

Walker continued driving parallel to traffic (eastbound on the westbound side of the road) until he reached a steep embankment, at which time his truck vaulted upward and then into a southerly direction over the westbound traffic lane of SR76.

The truck then landed in the westbound traffic lane and came into contact with a 2003 Honda Accord carrying three women, ages 45, 54 and 63, whose identities authorities have not released.

As the pickup hit the road, Jordan was ejected onto the roadway surface, sustaining fatal head injuries. Jenkins said Jordan was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Jordan’s body came to rest on the road, while his pickup continued eastbound until it rolled over. The pickup ultimately landed roof to roof with the Honda.

Jenkins said the women in the Honda sustained minor injuries, including bruising and cuts to the face and pain to the upper torso.

Prior to the collision, witnesses said they observed Jordan “weaving side-to-side and traveling at speeds varying between 15 and 45 mph.”

An open container of alcohol was located inside the pickup and alcohol is being investigated as a factor in the collision.

While it is not known how Jordan came to be in possession of the alcohol, Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron McCracken said if the underage man was provided alcohol in someone’s home at a party, the person who provided the alcohol may be liable for the damages Jordan caused under the Social Host Ordinance, which makes any adult who furnishes a minor with alcohol liable for any injuries and property damage caused.

According to the ordinance, an adult providing alcohol can be fined $1,000 and ordered to perform community service. In certain cases, the adult may be sent to prison for six months to a year.

In addition, parents or guardians of minors provided with alcohol may also sue in a civil or criminal suit.

“People have to be more aware that serving alcohol to minors is a crime,” said McCracken. “Some people don’t think that underage drinking is a concern. But these people are liable for any damages the minor causes and should be prosecuted by parents civilly and criminally.”

Jordan was a graduate of Fallbrook High School, a student at Miramar College in San Diego and a Fire Explorer with an EMT certificate of completion.

There will be a funeral at Fallbrook United Methodist Church on December 26 at 11 a.m., with burial following at the Masonic Cemetery.

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