A man was jaywalking in Vista late Friday night and according to the San Diego County Sherriff’s department he was struck and killed by a car. The accident happened in the 1700 Block of East Vista Way just prior to 9.00pm. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department official says the man was jaywalking when he was struck by a 1996 Toyota Corolla.
The pedestrian died at the scene of the accident while the driver remained at the scene. The current investigation over the accident is ongoing and officials stipulated that alcohol at this time was not involved in the deadly accident. Pedestrians are at higher risk of sustaining critical injuries anytime they are near cars but these risks are much higher when jaywalking or when they are not wearing reflective or easily visible clothing.
A pedestrian may easily suffer fatal injuries after being struck at any intersection in San Diego, but the intersections are more likely to be well lit and have clear opportunities for a pedestrian to cross the road safely. Jaywalking can increase a pedestrian’s risk of being struck and killed.
Pedestrians may suffer critical injuries or even be killed at the scene of the accident even if the car was moving at relatively slow speed. A pedestrian who has been injured as a result of a driver’s negligence could be entitled to pursue a legal claim by consulting with a San Diego personal injury attorney.