Man ‘flew up in the air’ after car hit him, bus driver says

SAN DIEGO — A 20-year-old man suffered cuts, scrapes and a broken collarbone Thursday when a car rolled through a red light at a Chollas View intersection and struck him, authorities reported.

A distraught bus driver from the San Diego Unified School District reported the crash a little after 7:15 a.m. at Market and 45th streets, telling her supervisor over a radio that the man “flew up in the air” after being hit by a car. The bus driver pleaded with her supervisor to notify police quickly, reporting that the man was breathing but appeared to be badly injured and bleeding from a head injury as witnesses rushed to help.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the crash at 7:18 a.m. Emergency personnel found the victim bleeding from head and face injuries. He was treated at a  hospital for lacerations and a fractured collarbone, SDPD public-information Officer Joshua Hodge said.

The SDUSD bus driver told her supervisor the man had the right of way and was crossing the street in a crosswalk when a car ran a red light and hit him. SDPD public-information Officer Joshua Hodge Martinez could not immediately confirm the details of the crash.

Investigators confirmed that the involved motorist — whose name was not released — ran a stoplight at the road crossing, Hodge said.

The vehicle involved stayed on scene, Martinez said.