Monday, July 13, 2009


Fatality in Pala identified as 16-year-old boy

PALA- Friends and family are mourning a 16-year-old boy who apparently died after being struck by one or more vehicles on the Pala Indian Reservation.

Andrew Thomas Smith Jr. was found lying unresponsive in the roadway at Pala Temecula Road and Moro Road around around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

He was taken to Pala's fire station, where he was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m., the Medical Examiner's Office reported.

Smith lived on the Pala reservation with his father. His ATV was found nearby, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

(previous story Sunday, July 12, 2009)

Fatal accident in Pala

PALA- One person Advertisement
was killed early this morning on a highway that runs along the Pala Indian Reservation, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP dispatcher on duty this morning had little information about the incident reportedly occured at

2:44 a.m. on Pala Temecula Road at Moro Road in Pala.

However the dispatcher did confirm that a person had died, but did not know whether a car or motorcycle was involved. The dispatcher also didn't know if any other people were injured.

The southbound lanes of Pala Temecula Road were shut down near the scene for about two hours. The Pala Casino Spa and Resort is about a mile southwest of where the fatality occurred.

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