FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
(619) 567-6856 | [email protected]
Press Release: Three Serious Injuries in Crashes Over the Weekend
SAN DIEGO (May 25, 2021) – Over the past weekend, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, and an e-scooter rider were seriously injured in three separate crashes.
Circulate released its report, “Hope for Vision Zero” this month, showing modest improvements to street safety in the City of San Diego since committing to Vision Zero in 2015. However, traffic injuries and fatalities remain unacceptably high.
In the first crash, a 69-year-old pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a driver in the Colinas Del Rey neighborhood of the City of San Diego. At around 9:00 p.m. on May 22, the pedestrian was crossing El Cajon Blvd in an unmarked crosswalk when she was struck. She suffered a skull fracture and other life-threatening injuries.
Twenty minutes later, a 30-year-old e-scooter rider was injured in Pacific Beach. The rider was attempting to stop after the driver in front of him stopped, when he stepped off of the scooter and slipped and fell. The rider sustained a fracture to his left ankle and was transported to the hospital.
The next day, a 64-year-old bicyclist was injured while riding his e-bike in North Park. At around 5:00 p.m., the bicyclist was broadsided by a driver coming out of an alleyway. The bicyclist was transported to the hospital with an ankle fracture.
"No one should fear for their lives on San Diego streets,” said Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel for Circulate San Diego. “We must do more to encourage drivers to see traffic crashes as preventable and to choose to drive safely.”
Circulate San Diego currently leads Crash Not Accident and Vision Zero campaigns, which are both efforts to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on San Diego streets.
In partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety, Crash Not Accident educates San Diegans about our role in preventing traffic deaths and serious injuries by acknowledging that crashes are not merely “accidents,” but are the result of human error and systemic decisions. For more information, visit http://www.circulatesd.org/crashnotaccident.
Vision Zero is an international movement to end traffic deaths and serious injuries through careful driving, safe street design, and other safety principles. The City of San Diego committed to Vision Zero and ending all traffic fatalities within 10 years, beginning in 2015. For more information, visit http://www.circulatesd.org/visionzero.
Traffic crashes are preventable. We can all do more to save lives so that San Diegans can walk, bike, roll, or drive without risking life or limb.
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. We lead a coalition of more than 25 local organizations to support Vision Zero throughout the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.circulatesd.org.