DRIVER COMES FORWARD IN FATAL HIT AND RUN

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February 19, 2013 (El Cajon) – A driver sought by El Cajon Police following the death of a pedestrian has now contacted the Police Department and is cooperating with authorities.

Based on the preliminary investigation, an adult approximately 70 years of age was wearing dark clothing and attempting to cross the roadway near the intersection of Avocado Avenue and Carter Street this evening, when he was struck by a Toyota Camry traveling southbound on Avocado.

Police and fire paramedics responded at 6:08 p.m. tonight to the accident reported. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the pedestrian was declared dead at the scene.

“The adult driver of the Camry did not remain at the scene of the collision. The driver instead drove home and with the aid of a translator, called police to report the accident,” said Lt. Frank La Haye. Traffic Investigators have contacted the driver, who is cooperating in this investigation.

It is unclear at this point in the investigation if speed or weather conditions are contributing factors to this collision. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time, police have indicated. This investigation is ongoing and information about the victim is not being released pending family notification. 

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the El Cajon Police Department Traffic Division at 619-441-1632.

The El Cajon Police would like to remind everyone of our pedestrian safety campaign, “Check Before You Step.” Here are some helpful tips when walking near a roadway:

 

  • Wear bright colored clothing when walking for better visibility to motorist, especially at night.

 

  • Do not cross between controlled intersections and use designated cross walks whenever available.

 

  • Never assume a vehicle sees you and look both ways when crossing the street.

 

  • The age old myth that pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way couldn’t be further from the truth.  Both pedestrians and motorist must follow the rules of the road to share it safely together.