Man getting wheeled out of hospital killed by car

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. - One man was killed and another person was injured when an 89-year-old man accelerated while driving near Palomar Medical Center and struck two pedestrians, Escondido police said.

James Donaldson, 63, of Oceanside died from after the collision Saturday night. He had been treated at the hospital for another ailment and was being pushed in a wheelchair by a friend when he was struck. Lifesaving measures were unsuccessful and Donaldson later died from the collision injuries.

"There’s actually drag marks if you go over there. He ran over him with both tires and he came out the back," said Ken Johnson, a witness. "As I was running by I saw he had a big bulge on his side it was really obvious he wasn’t going to make it.”

Elena Cendejas, 67, the friend who was pushing Donaldson, was injured and is listed in stable condition at Palomar as of Sunday evening.

"She has a broken shoulder, and she was scratched up real bad because she was hit," said neighbor Carol Brown. "They’ve been good friends for years and I remember him coming over all the time. He was friendly and nice and everything."

The collision was reported at 5:55 p.m. near the front entrance of the medical center at 2185 Citracado Parkway.

John Marin, 89, was driving a 2000 Toyota Tocoma near the hospital entrance when he suddenly accelerated and struck the two pedestrians, witnesses told police.

He was evaluated at the hospital, but was not injured, police said.

It was unclear what caused the sudden acceleration and the collision remains under investigation. Investigators say Marin has not been charged at this time.

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