This past Wednesday, July, 30th, a woman was walking down the street by 10343 San Diego Mission Road in the Grantville neighborhood, not far from Interstate 15. It was just before 7:30 am, according to Officer Frank Cali of the SDPD, when a tragic accident then occurred.
The driver behind the wheel of the black Jeep Liberty involved in the accident was just exiting an apartment complex nearby. Almost immediately after turning right, the Jeep collided with the pedestrian who had been on the south sidewalk.
As soon as the driver struck the woman, police say he stopped his vehicle and called for help. First responders, unfortunately, were not able to resuscitate the woman who has been identified as 62 year-old Yoshiko Osanai.
At this time, no other details have been provided regarding the incident. For example, we don’t know if drugs or alcohol played a role. However, the fact that Osanai was on the sidewalk when she was struck suggests that some other element played a role in this accident.
That being said, these types of accidents are becoming altogether too common in the San Diego area. Last year around this time, a local news report cited San Diego as one of the most dangerous cities in the country to be a pedestrian. Last August, San Diego saw 4.9 deaths for every 100,000 people. This alarming number was more than twice the average nationwide according to 2011 numbers put out by the Department of Transportation. Although it should be pointed out that this seems to be a problem across the country, San Diego is far worse than most.
So, for one, let this story serve as a lesson about the importance of watching for pedestrians at all times. Unfortunately, pedestrians also need to keep their heads on a swivel and react as best they can. However, the second lesson here is that the driver involved in this story should be seeking a qualified attorney in relation to this accident. Osanai’s family will probably want to do the same.