Press Release: Teen Seriously Injured Crossing Street in Carmel Valley

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Media Contact:
Maya Rosas
Cell: 310-804-5256
 
Teen Seriously Injured Crossing Street in Carmel Valley 
SAN DIEGO (December 28, 2017) – A 15-year-old suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car at the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road and Hartfield Avenue in Carmel Valley yesterday. At approximately 5:30 PM, the driver, who was heading south on Hartfield Avenue, hit the girl while she crossed the street in the crosswalk but against the red light. She suffered several fractures but the injuries are non-life threatening.

“High speed roads are dangerous by design,” said Maya Rosas, Advocacy Manager for Circulate San Diego. “Drivers travelling at high speeds are less likely to see a pedestrian in the roadway and can cause more harm than would be caused by a collision at low speeds.”  

Circulate San Diego and a diverse coalition of 20 organizations have promoted a campaign for the last two years called Vision Zero, with the goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Mayor Faulconer and the San Diego City Council adopted a 10-year Vision Zero strategy in 2015.

The concept behind Vision Zero is that traffic deaths are preventable – through safe street design, education, and enforcement. The program has been successful in other U.S. and European cities. To date, 20 cities across the U.S. have adopted a Vision Zero goal. 

Last year was the third year in a row in the City of San Diego with an increase in pedestrian deaths. In June, the City of San Diego committed to making improvements to the 15 most dangerous intersections, but yesterday’s injury shows that more work is needed.  

About Circulate San Diego

Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.

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