Man arrested after fatal pedestrian crash in Oceanside
OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A 27-year-old man was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian while fleeing from another crash at an Oceanside intersection.
The initial crash was reported shortly after 10:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Douglas Drive and Mission Avenue, Oceanside police Sgt. Rick Davis said.
Officers responding to the scene found an unconscious pedestrian laying in the eastbound lanes of Mission Avenue east of the intersection, Davis said.
The pedestrian, a 65-year-old man whose name was withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene, the sergeant said.
Investigators believe a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was heading eastbound on Mission Avenue at a high speed when it ran a red light and collided with a Ford F-150 pickup that was heading northbound on Douglas Drive, Davis said.
After the crash, the Chevy driver backed up, then began heading eastbound on Mission Avenue again before striking a pedestrian in the crosswalk and dragging the victim roughly 150 feet down the street, he said.
The Chevy driver continued on Mission Avenue before getting out of the pickup at Rancho Del Oro and fleeing on foot along with a passenger who had been riding in the pickup.
Officers searched the area with the help of a police helicopter and found the suspected pickup driver nearby as well as the passenger.
The pedestrian, 65-year-old Tran Thanhminh of Oceanside, was pronounced dead at the scene. Thanminh and his wife had just closed their restaurant for the day and were walking home when the crash occurred, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Stuart was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence, he said.