Three pedestrians killed in under a week, two involving hit-and-runs

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tomorrow, San Diego police will conduct a traffic safety operation that will focus on the safety of pedestrians.

This comes in response to three pedestrians killed in under a week, two due to hit-and-run drivers.

Yesterday, Christopher Nunez was arraigned in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Sherman Heights where the victim was struck and dragged in the street for a hundred feet.

Then on Thursday, a pedestrian was killed as he crossed a street in Mira Mesa.  The victim was identified as a man in his eighties who was crossing on a crosswalk when he was hit by a car; the driver in this case did stop.

Then on Wednesday night, 44-year-old Shane Moore was crossing the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near the 805 freeway when he was hit by a car that did not stop.  Two more cars struck Moore as he lay on the street, both drivers also failing to stop.

“The thing that bothered me the most was that nobody stopped,” says Moore’s brother Nick Brown. “[The drivers] need to come forward, I find it very, very disturbing that people are like this.”

Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots, while patrols will target neighborhoods from the Northern Division, including the communities of Bay Ho, Bay Park, Clairemont Mesa East, Clairemont Mesa West, La Jolla, Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach, North Clairemont, Pacific Beach, Torrey Pines and University City.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, when not complying with stop signs and signals, or for committing other violations of the same traffic laws that apply to vehicles.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate, McCullough said. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years.

Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents