SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Fallbrook man hospitalized following a weekend crash that killed his 12-year-old daughter is expected to face DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges, the California Highway Patrol reported Wednesday.
Rudy Alfred Fritz, 45, lost control of his westbound 1956 Volkswagen Beetle on State Route 76 in Bonsall shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.
The compact car, which was traveling about 35 mph, crossed a set of double yellow lines and collided head-on with a 2001 Buick Regal near East Vista Way, according to the CHP. Fritz and his daughter, Kelley, were ejected onto the roadway.
The girl, who lives with her mother in Hemet and was in northern San Diego County to spend the weekend with her father, died at the scene of the crash.
Fritz was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he was admitted for treatment of severe injuries, CHP Sgt. Tom Greenstone said.
The two Bonsall residents in the other vehicle, a 64-year-old man and his 53-year-old female passenger, were taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for evaluation of complaints of pain.
Investigators concluded that Fritz was under the influence of a controlled substance -- believed to be a prescription medication of some type -- at the time of the crash, Greenstone said. There was no evidence that alcohol was a factor, he said.
Fritz was arrested at the hospital later that night.
Due to its age, Fritz's car lacks seat belts. Owners of vehicles that predate safety-restraint laws are not legally required to retrofit them with the equipment, the sergeant noted.
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