A father and his seven-month-old child suffered serious injuries when they were struck by an SUV while out for a walk in Point Loma, according to local police. The accident occurred at the intersection of Catalina Boulevard and Cañon Street in the city’s La Playa neighborhood. The father was pushing the child in a stroller at the time of the accident, and both the father and child flew approximately 50 feet upon impact. The child’s mother was also walking with them but was not injured.
The man suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Sharp Hospital for treatment, while the child, who was unconscious after the accident, was taken to be treated at Rady Children’s Hospital.
The driver of the SUV was a 47-year-old man. He did stop after the accident and tried to provide assistance to the victims. Authorities say that he has cooperated with the investigation so far, and that alcohol is not a factor in the case.
While information about the cause of the accident has not yet been released, people who live in the area say that there have been numerous complaints about that intersection for many years, particularly about the crosswalk. The crosswalk has no light or stop light, and it comes at a blind spot for pedestrians and drivers. There have also been problems with speeding in the area.
However, it is important to note that all drivers are legally responsible for yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks, whether or not there is a light or stop sign there.
Speak with a compassionate personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire if you need legal guidance after a serious pedestrian accident in the San Diego area.