February 29, 2024
An Oceanside Police Cruiser. Picture by Chris Stone

A pregnant girl was struck by a big rock thrown from an overpass whereas driving on Interstate 5 in Oceanside Sunday and a suspect was later arrested, officers mentioned.

Police had been dispatched at about 8:47 a.m. to the overpass at Bush Avenue, in line with the Oceanside Police Division.

“An off-duty Oceanside police officer was driving behind the sufferer’s automobile and witnessed the incident happen and supplied an outline of the suspect to responding officers,” in line with a press release from the division.

Officers mentioned the automobile was driving southbound on I-5 when the occupants noticed somebody on the overpass above throw a big football-sized rock at them. The rock went by means of the automobile’s windshield and struck a pregnant passenger sitting within the entrance seat.

The sufferer was transported by air ambulance as a result of nature of her accidents, and the unborn baby didn’t seem like injured, authorities mentioned. The mom sustained non-life-threatening accidents, in line with officers.

Surveillance video was obtained of the incident, and officers positioned the suspect in a close-by canyon. Police recognized him as David Avalos, and he was arrested on the scene with out incident, the division reported.

Avalos was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of tried homicide, assault with a lethal weapon and throwing an object at a automobile that resulted in an damage.

Anybody with details about the alleged assault was urged to name detective Jeff Vandenburgh at 760-435-4237.