SAN DIEGO – A father and his 7-month-old baby were seriously injured Monday morning when they were hit by an SUV in Point Loma, police said.
The accident happened at Cañon Street and Catalina Boulevard in the La Playa neighborhood around 6:25 a.m. The father, a man in his mid-30s, was pushing his baby in a stroller when they were hit by the car at the intersection. Upon impact, the baby and the father went flying at least 50-feet, said police.
The child’s mother was walking with them but was not hurt.
The man was taken to Sharp Hospital with a serious head injury. The infant, who was knocked unconscious, was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital.
A 47-year-old man was driving a Chevy Suburban when it struck the father and his child, police said. The driver stopped and tried to help the victims. He is cooperating with the investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
Long time residents said they have been complaining about the crosswalk for years because it is a recipe for disaster.
Charles Roberts lives near the crosswalk and he says he avoids it at all costs.
“It’s a fake crosswalk,” said Roberts “The idea there’s even a crosswalk here without any light, or a stop light or anything like that, it’s absolutely dangerous.”
Roberts added that the crosswalk is a blind spot for pedestrians and drivers and speeding in the area is also an issue.