FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
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Press Release: Two Serious Injuries in Hit-and-Run Crashes Over Memorial Day Weekend
SAN DIEGO (June 2, 2021) — Two pedestrians were seriously injured in hit-and-run crashes over Memorial Day weekend.
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, an 87-year-old pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a driver in the Marina neighborhood of the City of San Diego. At around 3:00 p.m. on May 30, the pedestrian was crossing G Street when she was struck. She was admitted to the ICU with a laceration to the back of the head and a brain bleed. The vehicle fled the scene.
The next day, a 49-year-old pedestrian was injured when he was struck by a driver in the Rolando neighborhood of the City of San Diego. At around 1:00 a.m., the pedestrian was crossing in an unmarked crosswalk on El Cajon Boulevard when a driver in a dark colored sedan struck him and fled without stopping. The pedestrian suffered an open fracture to his leg.
“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 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 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.