According to police, drivers lost control and turned around on sidewalks dotted with homeless tents in downtown San Diego, killing three and injuring six.
According to San Diego Police Chief David Nislate, the driver identified him as a 71-year-old man only, but when he drove a Volvo station wagon on the sidewalk after 9 am, the community college campus. I was passing through the tunnel below. The man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
“For some reason, (the driver) turned right, went up the sidewalk, hit multiple pedestrians there, and then returned to the road,” said Nislite. He offered “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the deceased.
Three people died at the scene. Five of the other six injured were taken to the hospital, two of whom were in serious condition, officials said.
Classes were held online during the coronavirus pandemic, although typical weekday mornings are a busy area for students to pass by. Many homeless tents line the sidewalks in the area, including the sidewalks in the tunnel.
Fatal accidents highlight the risks inherent in California’s homeless population. In California, homeless people’s tents and tarpaulins are not only on downtown sidewalks, but also near ramps where cars accelerate as they enter the freeway.
Over 150,000 people are homeless throughout the state. The number increased during the coronavirus pandemic that disrupted the economy.
Homeless people may have moved to tunnels to get out of the rain just before the car cultivated, according to Nislate.
“I don’t know if people were sleeping or sitting there,” he said.
Lisa Blotzman said the car turned to the right shoulder, “turned out of control” and was looking through a tent window as people jumped onto the sidewalk of a tunnel waiting for rain.
“Someone was screaming” Oh! Oh! “Blotzman told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “A few people were screaming. I was scared.”
The driver got out of the car and tried to help people before revealing himself to the police, Niswright said.
“He was supportive and did not try to escape,” said the chief, correcting previous reports from police who tried to escape.
The scene near San Diego City College was attended by ambulances, five fire trucks, helicopters, and more than 60 rescue workers.
“Our crew apparently found a tragic incident under the bridge,” said Colin Stowell, chief of the San Diego Fire Department.