Walking is one of the best ways to get around town in San Diego. You get to enjoy the weather and can get a workout in at the same time. Of course, when you're sharing the road with bicyclists and people in cars and trucks, you are in a vulnerable position.
A 57-year-old San Diego man died tragically last weekend when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver. The man was reportedly crossing Mission Bay Drive in Pacific Beach when a Volkswagen Beetle driven by a 54-year-old woman hit him. It is unclear whether the driver saw the man before she hit him.
Last month, a San Diego man was walking his dog near his California home when he was struck by a motorcycle that was traveling at a high speed. The force of the collision caused the deaths of both the pedestrian and the motorcyclist, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
It is not terribly difficult to understand why children are more likely to be injured in pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on most other nights of the year. On Halloween, kids are dressed in costumes that may impede their vision and ability to walk normally. Kids are excited to be out and have most likely consumed a significant amount of sugar. There are a lot more people walking along the road than on a normal night. And, perhaps most significantly, many people are driving under the influence of alcohol as they travel between Halloween celebrations.
Recently, university researchers conducted a study on pedestrian accidents and fatalities in U.S. cities. For residents of Los Angeles and other large California cities, the results of the study probably did not come as a surprise.
A San Diego police officer's pursuit of a suspected drunk driver reportedly ended in tragedy earlier this week. Instead of apprehending the DUI suspect, the officer crashed into a pedestrian who was not involved in the police chase, ultimately causing his death.
Earlier this week, the California assembly passed the so-called '3 Feet' bicycle safety bill, which requires drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing on California roads. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a concurrence vote. The Senate previously passed a similar bill, so this version will likely make it to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk in the relatively near future.
As we told you about recently, U.S. traffic fatalities increased in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the year before. Not surprisingly, pedestrian deaths appear to be on the rise as well. The most recent data available, from 2010, shows that pedestrian fatalities rose 4 percent year-to-year.
Last week, San Diego's famed Comic-Con festival was the site of a tragic pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of a fan who had been waiting in line for a hotly anticipated panel for the final installment of the "Twilight" movie series.
A California bicyclist is facing felony charges in connection with a bicycle accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian earlier this year. The case is one of the few instances in which a bicycle rider has been charged with a felony for his or her role in a fatal crash, but it may not be the last. In the past few months, there have been two other California pedestrian accident fatalities in which bicyclists were involved. One of those incidents resulted in a misdemeanor, and charges have not yet been filed in the other.