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53-year-old woman dies in car crash on Indian reservation near Ramona

Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Issue 11, Volume 18.
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A 53-year-old Ramona woman was killed after the car she was in was hit head-on by a SUV apparently driven by tribal public safety workers near a casino on the Barona Ranch Indian Reservation near Ramona.

Graciela Bustos was wearing a seat belt as she was a passenger in a northbound Nissan sedan that was struck by a 2007 Ford Expedition. Photos from the scene showed a marked security vehicle with front-end damage.

The SUV crossed the double-yellow line in the 15000 block of Wildcat Canyon Road, south of San Vicente Road, at about 6:40 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The SUV was headed south at 25-40 mph prior to the crash, and the Nissan was travelling at about 35 mph, a CHP dispatcher said.

The Nissan's driver and Bustos were taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where Bustos was pronounced dead about an hour after the crash, authorities said. The driver of the Expedition was also treated at a hospital with cuts to his right arm, the CHP said.

Both vehicles sustained major damage, according to the CHP.

Drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor, CHP officials said.



Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #1 | Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm
As this was a tribal offical, who from the report was at fault, will he be held responsible by the State of Californai or the County of San Diego? Or, will tribal status protect him? (NOT saying he is quilty, just a general question). Any body KNOW?
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

The qualifications for law enforcement on the reservation is not the same off the reservation. On some reservations in the area, most of the officers would not be able to obtain a guard card let alone law enforcement.

Some officers are unable to drive vehicles outside the reservation, too many DUI`s and suspension.

Most positions like LE are filled by tribal council family members. My edited comment was valid.

Time to call the Gilleon Law Firn, Dan usually takes these types of cases.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm
Ray, I think you exaggerate about the tribes and the DUI's not being able to drive off-res. Is this a KNOWN fact - i.e. you can cite proof, or just you opinion?
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #4 | Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I could tell you some really good astuff about Indian Reaservations and their tribal councils, but I will let the FBVN investigate, I not on their payroll.

Let`s say I don`t frequent their casinos.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #5 | Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 11:21 am
Ray, did not say anything about the councils, I was responding to your drunk driving being allowed to drive on res roads. I agree that the councils could use some adult leadership.

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