Person lying in street hit, killed by car in Escondido


ESCONDIDO – A pedestrian who was lying in the roadway when struck by a vehicle died Saturday┬ámorning in Escondido, police said.

Officers from the Escondido Police Department were dispatched at 1:57 a.m. to the 1100 block of East Valley Parkway where Escondido Fire paramedics were flagged to the scene of the crash just moments earlier, according to Lt. Mike Kearney.

Officers arrived and determined a vehicle had struck a pedestrian on Ash Street just south of Valley Parkway.

Based on witness statements and physical evidence at the scene it appeared a 24-year-old man was driving south on Ash Street in a green 1996 Volkswagen Golf, Kearney said. His vehicle struck a pedestrian in the roadway and came to rest on top of the person.

The pedestrian was apparently lying face down in the roadway prior to the crash, Kearney said.

Fire personnel used special equipment to lift the vehicle off of the pedestrian although the person died at the scene, he said, adding life-saving measures were attempted but were unsuccessful. The gender and age of the victim were not immediately disclosed.

The driver of the Golf was not injured and was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Kearney said.

The traffic investigation was ongoing and being conducted by Officer Mike Nelson of the EPD’s Traffic Division.

Investigators were seeking the public’s assistance hoping to find anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has any additional information about the crash. Witnesses are asked to call Nelson at (760) 839-4407.