La Jolla is, for the most part, a safe area of San Diego. Unfortunately, though, even the safest areas of our community can be affected in the face of fatal car accidents. Earlier this month, a locally-known resident of San Diego was killed in a tragic pedestrian accident on Girard Street – one of the more popular areas for foot traffic. The woman, 45, was the vice president of marketing for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Reports indicate the woman had just gotten out of her vehicle when she was struck by on oncoming car near the intersection of Girard Avenue and Kline Street. The oncoming vehicle was said to have been driving out of control. The driver of the car in question was 91 years old.

The 45-year-old woman was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital where she later died according to officials. Tragically, reports indicate the woman was pinned between two cars as a result of the La Jolla accident, causing catastrophic injury to her person.

In addition to her role at the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the woman also served as a deputy communications director for Al Gore. She was also well-known for her role as press secretary at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The San Diego Chamber of Commerce dedicated a page to the woman in wake of her passing. She leaves behind three children.


The truth is that not all elderly drivers are bad drivers – some are just as cautious and courteous as a seasoned middle-aged driver. However, when it comes to aging, one thing remains for sure: things change. Whether its eye sight, reflexes or bodily control, the fact of the matter is that our bodies inevitably change in our sunset years. But, we don’t have to let our driving abilities succumb to the natural course of aging. If you’re an elderly driver, please take a moment to read on. And, if you know a loved one who could use a refresher when it comes driving, please feel free to share.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “fatal crash rates increase starting at age 75 and increase notably after age 80. This is largely due to increased susceptibility to injury and medical complications among older drivers rather than an increased tendency to get into crashes.” As an elderly driver, you must know your limitations. If you know you have poor eyesight, avoid driving in the evening and always wear prescription sunglasses, if necessary, during the day. If medication leaves you drowsy, ask a friend to take you where you need to go. Lastly, always keep your body flexible and in the best shape possible – not only for the sake of your good driving, but also for your longevity and vitality.


If you fear you may be losing control over your ability to drive, be sure to address your concerns with your doctor. Get a second opinion. Ask a loved one whether your driving skills are up to par. In many cases, when your intuition tells you something is wrong, it probably is. So, don’t risk it – there are many options when it comes to alternative travel such as carpooling or community transportation services.


To avoid getting stressed or, worse, losing control over your vehicle, you should pre-plan your route ahead of time. Nothing can be more stressful than getting behind the wheel and discovering you’re lost, especially for an elderly driver who may not be so technologically-savvy. Ask a family member or friend to preplan your route with you to avoid any panic attacks when you’re out and about.


Sometimes, elderly drivers get into accidents – and in many cases, it’s not their fault. If you’ve been injured in an accident and suspect it is the fault of another driver, you may be entitled to financial recourse. For a completely FREE and confidential consultation, call us now at 1-858-551-2090.



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