Police: Red-light runner caused fatal crash

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EL CAJON, Calif. – A 36-year old woman is killed Friday Morning when she collided with another driver who ran a red light.

The accident happened just after 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Washington and South Mollison Avenues.

“I saw a car come out of nowhere and just boom!” said Ronald, a witness. “No brakes or nothing!”

El Cajon Police said a black Acura Integra was going west on Washington when it ran a red light, that’s when a silver Chevy Sonic entered was trying to cross S. Mollison.

pic“The black car was just coming and then it spun around, but the silver car flipped over on its side,” said Ronald.

The driver of the Sonic was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators said she was not wearing her seatbelt.  The driver of the Integra was taken to the hospital, her injuries unknown.

“They always red red lights, every single time,” said Marco Martinez, resident.

Martinez lives in the neighborhood.  He told Fox 5 the intersection is notorious for red light runners.  “This street always has a problem with people and red lights, I see it all the time.”

A problem Fox 5 recently investigated after El Cajon turned off red-light cameras at 7 various intersections.

Records from Redflex Traffic Systems, the company who operates the cameras shows in 2012, from February  to April 17th, there were 1,967 cases of red light runners.

Ever since the cameras were deactivated, the system continued to track violators.

During the same time period of last year, Redflex found the number of people running red lights increased to 3,149.

“That thing used to go off every 4 or 5 minutes,” said Joe Heuy.  He owns Autohaus Stebel, Inc. that sits on the corner of Washington and Mollision.  Heuy is all too familiar with the problem.

“I can’t tell you how many times I was sitting at my desk and you hear

an engine downshift right in front of a light.  You know somebody is accelerating to go through,” said Heuy.

He said to turn off the cameras is a big mistake.

“I wish they didn’t it’s a deterrent for people,” said Heuy.  “It does keep people from running the red light.

Others said the cameras may have even helped to save lives.

“I know it would have prevented something like this,” said Martinez as he watched crews clean up the accident scene.  “It’s sad that somebody died.


  • Roger

    Does a reporter do any critical thinking anymore? An iota of research? Just a quick look at the actual "camera activations" from Feb 2012 compared to Feb 2013 showed nearly a 7% DECREASE in violations. Reporter Chen dutifully reports an almost 50% INCREASE in a Feb – mid April violations compared to the previous year. Someone is pulling someone's leg. A different camera company (ATS) tried to report these sorts of baloney stats recently in Murietta and were caught making stuff up. We used to rely to some extent that reporters would do something other than act as PR people.

    • Sharon Chen

      Hello Roger.
      These were statistics given to us by the City of El Cajon – that were tracked by Redflex Traffic Systems.
      Thank you.

  • Henry

    I place half the blame on the intersection. There needs to be a signal on the near side. There needs to be more paint (cross walks, "signal ahead") on the pavement.

    Bottom line, the intersection is not prominent enuf to wake up someone who is distracted or impaired. Put some lipstick on it!

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