FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Maya Rosas, Director of Policy
310-804-5256 | [email protected]
Press Conference: Hit-and-Run Video Released at One-Year Crash Anniversary Shows Need for Vision Zero Action
San Diego Planning Commissioner Vicki Granowitz and Circulate San Diego will stand at the site where Granowitz was seriously injured by a reckless driver one year ago to release footage of the hit-and-run. Granowitz lost several front teeth, suffered a concussion, and fractured her knee in two places as a result of the distracted driver crashing into her as she crossed the street. Granowitz will share her experience of being hit by a car outside of Fernside, her restaurant, and Circulate will make a call to action to the City of San Diego to prioritize Vision Zero.
The link to the video will be shared at the press conference and in the following press release.
When: Tuesday, January 7th, 10:15am
Where: Intersection of Fern Street and Grape Street, South Park, San Diego
- Vicki Granowitz, Planning Commissioner and hit-and-run victim
- Shane Gerde, manager of Fernside restaurant
- Maya Rosas, Circulate San Diego
What: Vicki Granowitz’s hit-and-run did not have to happen. Crashes that result in serious injury or death can be prevented by prioritizing safe street design such as high visibility crosswalks, roundabouts, and road diets. Lives can also be saved by individuals choosing to drive safely, always watching for pedestrians or bicyclists, and not looking at their phone.
In 2015, Mayor Faulconer committed to Vision Zero, the goal of ending all traffic deaths by 2025. While there has been significant recent progress for improving intersections and adding bicycle lanes, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have increased or stagnated as the City approaches the half-way point of Vision Zero’s ten year timespan.
Visuals include streetscape where hit-and-run occurred, a board with images from the hit-and-run footage, and the release of the hit-and-run footage.
The hit-and-run footage is graphic and disturbing. However, Granowitz wishes to share the footage in hopes of educating San Diegans about the need for Vision Zero to prevent future collisions like hers.
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.