POWAY, Calif. – A 69-year-old Ramona man was fatally struck Tuesday night while walking in the same Poway intersection where sheriff’s deputies were investigating a collision in which his wife struck and injured a pedestrian about 30 minutes earlier, authorities said Wednesday.
Robert Tockstein was fatally injured around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Twin Peaks Road and Midland Road, and he died in an Escondido hospital early Wednesday morning, according to sheriff’s Lt. Chris Collier and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
The first crash, in which Tockstein’s wife was the driver, happened about 8:05 p.m., sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Toner said. Details of that crash weren’t immediately available, but the pedestrian was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
While deputies investigated the first crash, Tockstein showed up to the scene — presumably to help and comfort his wife, sheriff’s officials said. About 15 to 30 minutes after the initial crash, Tockstein moved his wife’s vehicle.
As Tockstein was walking back toward the crash scene, he was struck in the roadway and gravely injured, the Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement. He was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where he was pronounced dead just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.