Police received a radio call several minutes before the crash, about a vehicle matching the description of the Volvo, but officers were not following him at the time of the incident, Nisleit said.
He said the car “for whatever reason, it veered to the right and went completely up onto the sidewalk.” The car went back into the road where it stopped and the driver got out, Nisleit said.
The incident, reported just after 9 a.m. PT, happened in the 1500 block of B Street near San Diego City College.
The way he was driving down the sidewalk, it was like he didn’t take his foot off the gas until he got to the other side of the street,” witness Ronnie Williams said he sat on the sidewalk.
“I’m like whoa! Is this guy ever gonna stop?” Williams said the driver exited his car and hid his face and “casually walked away.”
Another witness, Michael Luke, said the driver stayed at the scene and looked distraught.
“I saw the wagon move over and things just started popping up .. and the dragging … Horrific,” said Luke.
The investigation is ongoing.