FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Man Killed in Hit and Run
SAN DIEGO (March 22, 2018) – A 59-year-old man was in the roadway on the 1300 block of West Washington Street early this morning. At 12:24 A.M, the driver hit the man and fled the scene, according to the San Diego Police Department’s Watch Commander’s Log. The man died on the scene.
“The driver had an obligation to stay at the scene until the authorities arrived,” said Maya Rosas, Advocacy Manager for Circulate San Diego. “Everyone on the road, pedestrians and drivers, has a responsibility to behave safely but no one deserves to die for making a mistake.”
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.
2017 saw a decrease in pedestrian and all traffic fatalities but 2018 has seen a rash of pedestrians dying on our streets. No loss of life is acceptable and this death 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.