Driver Arrested after Fatal Pedestrian Accident near Interstate 8

EL CAJON, CA (August 8, 2022) – Wednesday evening, Darius Watts was arrested and Niurca Rios was killed after a DUI crash on Second Street.

The incident happened around 8:49 p.m., on July 27th near the 600 block of North Second Street.

According to police, a woman was standing on the sidewalk near the I-10 on-ramp, when a 2006 Hyundai Sonata struck her. The driver of the Sonata then continued driving, crashing into a traffic signal and a street sign.

Upon arrival, El Cajon officials rendered first aid to Rios and transported her to Sharp Memorial Hospital. Despite life-saving efforts, 20-year-old Rios later succumbed to her injuries.

The suspect eventually stopped on Naranca Avenue, where police later found and arrested him. Police say the vehicle had extensive front-end damage and a traffic signal hanging from it. El Cajon Police booked the driver of the Sonata, 22-year-old Watts, to San Diego County Jail for multiple charges.

In addition, the family of Niurca Rios has set up a GoFundMe to support the cost of her memorial.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. The Sweet James team sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Niurca Rios.


Losing someone in a pedestrian accident is always a traumatic experience for the surviving family. At Sweet James, they understand that the death of a loved one can leave a lasting impact on your emotional and financial well-being, and they are here to help. Their wrongful death attorneys understand that the legal issues challenge those involved. Let them help you through the legal process so that you can focus on the welfare of your family. Call their office at (800) 975-3435 to arrange a free and confidential case evaluation. Click here to request a police report.

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