Pedestrian Struck by Motorcycle in Pacific Beach
Police suspect the victim was seriously injured by a drunk motorcyclist
A 21-year-old San Diego man was seriously injured in an accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver a day before Halloween. According to the San Diego Police Department, the first responders received an emergency call about a pedestrian being hit by a motorcycle in Pacific Beach.
Several witnesses, dressed in Halloween costumes, attended the unfortunate accident as emergency services arrived. The pedestrian was apparently crossing the street, at the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Everts Street, when the incident occurred. The two men were left lying on the ground, visibly injured.
According to authorities, the individual responsible for the impact was a 30-year-old man riding a black Harley-Davidson. After striking the victim, the motorcycle ran into a Pruis car parked.
SDPD stated that an ambulance transported the victim to UCSD Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
On the other hand, the driver of the motorcycle that hit the pedestrian in Pacific Beach only sustained minor injuries. However, emergency services took him to Scripps Mercy Hospital to evaluate his condition. Investigators have indications that the motorcycle driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
Making Streets Safer, SB 932’s Purpose
State Senator Anthony J. Portantino set out to make the streets safer for his constituents, and he’s getting ever closer to delivering on that pledge.
His measure, Senate Bill 932, just cleared the State Senate Transportation Committee and is one step closer to requiring California cities to take concrete steps to reduce traffic collisions and fatalities. As previously brought to you in this space, “the bill would require California cities and counties to include a map of the high injury network in its General Plan and would further require a county or city to identify and prioritize safety improvements that would address serious and injurious traffic collisions.”
Portantino, himself a biker, has been able to see firsthand how dangerous the streets are for bikers and pedestrians. Earlier this year, an automobile hit him while he was riding his bicycle, and that gave him a real-life experience of what other pedestrians suffer through. With input from many supporters, including, including Streets For All, ActiveSGV, CalBike, and Streets Are For Everyone, Portantino hopes SB 932 cuts down on accidents.
“Many of our streets remain more dangerous than ever and using data-driven plans will improve street safety, save lives and encourage more people to walk and bike to their destinations,” Portantino claimed. “This bill isn’t just about cyclists, it’s about the safety of everyone using our streets. I feel sad about the all too common tragedies, and we need to take strong steps to improve safety.”
2021, the Deadliest Year for Los Angeles and California
SB 932’s passing would come at a time when traffic fatalities, accidents, and violence is on the rise. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents a nearly 20% increase in traffic fatalities in the first six months of 2021.
“2021 was the deadliest year for traffic violence in Los Angeles in nearly 20 years, and across California, fatalities from car crashes are up nearly 20%. It is beyond time for all cities to plan for and implement traffic-calming measures on their deadliest streets. We are proud sponsors of SB 932 for its use of both incentives and reasonable mandates to move cities to act now,” Legislative Advocate at Streets for All Bubba Fish stated.
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