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Family seeks road changes after San Diego accident fatality

After a San Diego grandmother was struck by a speeding car and killed, her family is seeking change. They have asked city officials to lower the speed limit, install marked crosswalks, and put up pedestrian crossing signs in that section of the road, in hopes that no one else will lose a loved one there like they did.

The fatal accident occurred on August 30 on Camino Del Sur near Paseo Del Sur in San Diego. The 56-year-old grandmother and her husband had just finished hiking in the Black Mountain area, and were crossing the street. However, a car that was traveling more than 30 miles over the posted speed limit crashed into the woman. She died at a nearby hospital about an hour after the crash.

The 25-year-old man who struck the woman was believed to be traveling more than 80 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone. He said he was rushing to get to work. Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash. Earlier this week, the man pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter, for which he was arrested following the accident. His trial is scheduled to begin next month.

In the wake of the fatal accident, the woman's family has been working to preserve her memory in a meaningful way. Last month, they gathered near the spot where the woman was struck, along with a San Diego city councilwoman, and asked for change. Specifically, they asked that the speed limit be lowered to 45 mph, that the city install marked crosswalks where hiking trails intersect roads, and that hiker/pedestrian crossing signs be established. Hopefully, their requests come to fruition.

Source: 10 News, "Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Pedestrian's Death," Dec. 20, 2011

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