Sadly, San Diego does not have a very good reputation where pedestrian safety is concerned. For the better part of a decade now, the city has looked for solutions to help lower the number of people who get hurt or die every year simply because they were traveling on foot along the city’s many roads. Pacific Beach and other cities surrounding San Diego don’t have very good histories either, unfortunately.
While San Diego already has a pedestrian death on their hands for the month of November, Pacific Beach just saw their first injury. Hopefully, there won’t be many more.
The accident occurred at 6:20 p.m. when, according to police, a 72-year-old woman was headed west down Turquoise Street, which is close to Bayard Street. The driver was behind the wheel of an SUV, meaning when she hit the 62-year-old victim, the impact was quite significant.
Neither party has been named in this case. We know that the 62-year-old man was crossing Turquoise Street, which put him in the path of the woman’s vehicle.
However, authorities reported that the victim had been drinking heavily prior to the accident. It’s also believed that he darted across Turquoise Street, meaning he probably didn’t give the driver a lot of time to react.
Whatever the case, the man had to be taken to the hospital immediately and is probably lucky to be alive. He is still being cared for due to the serious injuries he suffered to the head.
There is no further word yet on whether or not the driver or pedestrian will face any charges. However, both parties would do well to seek legal representation all the same. If the man was breaking the law when he crossed the street, the police will charge him and the driver could also sue. On the other hand, the man could also have a lawsuit to file if he can prove the driver was in the wrong.