Scooter rider hit, killed on road through Balboa Park


Latest: Advocates call for change after scooter rider killed in Balboa Park crash

SAN DIEGO — A man riding a rental scooter was hit and killed by a 17-year-old driver on a road through Balboa Park late Saturday.

Police say the teen girl was driving a sedan on Pershing Drive near the Balboa Park Golf Course around 11 p.m. when she hit the 35-year-old scooter rider, who was headed the same direction in the bike lane.

First responders tried to save the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Police did not immediately say what may have caused the girl to hit the man, or whether she was arrested or cited. Video from OnScene.TV showed a small crowd talking to officers after stopping and trying to help. The Link scooter remained pinned beneath the Mazda, which had a cracked windshield.

The crash is now one of two deadly crashes that killed riders in the bike lane on Pershing Dr. near the Balboa Park Golf Course in two months. 

Local advocates have been urging SANDAG and elected officials to act faster about making improvements to the bike lane. 

San Diego police said the collision remained under investigation and urged anyone with information regarding the crash to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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