[09-17-2023] San Diego County, CA – Pedestrian Man Killed Following Vehicle Collision on Interstate 5

Published September 19, 2023

[09-17-2023] Pedestrian Man Killed Following Vehicle Collision on Interstate 5A pedestrian man was killed after a vehicle collision in Downtown San Diego on Sunday evening, September 17, 2023.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred in the freeway’s southbound lanes near state Route 163 in the Cortez Hill neighborhood just after 8:40 p.m.

CHP officials reported that the pedestrian was walking on the highway for unknown reasons when he was struck by a Nissan Altima driven by a 26-year-old woman.

The man sustained life-threatening injuries and died at the scene. Officials said that the Nissan driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. There was no evidence that she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash and why the pedestrian was walking on the freeway.

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9 Steps to Take Immediately After A Pedestrian Accident in California

It is tough to think clearly after being hit by a vehicle, let alone if you were injured. But what you say and do at the crash scene can significantly affect the outcome of a subsequent claim you file against the at-fault party. These tips may help you avoid doing something that could reduce the value of your personal injury claim:

  1. Call the police as soon as the accident occurs and ensure an officer creates an accident report.
  2. Take photos of your injuries, the accident scene, property damage, the weather conditions, the road conditions, and the vehicle that hit you.
  3. Take pictures of the at-fault driver’s license, insurance card, and license plate.
  4. Get the names and contact information of all eyewitnesses or anyone who may have seen anything.
  5. See a doctor or other healthcare professional immediately and tell them about every affected part of your body.
  6. Keep a journal about your injuries and the recovery process, detailing how you feel, the treatment you receive, and what costs you pay.
  7. Wait to speak to the insurance adjuster or accept a settlement offer until you talk to an experienced lawyer.
  8. Stay off social media and avoid posting about being in an accident or the circumstances of your accident.
  9. Contact California pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your case.


Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Pedestrians are more likely to be injured or killed in accidents due to their lack of protection. In recent years, pedestrian fatalities and vehicle-related damages have increased alarmingly.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities increased by 27% between 2007 and 2016, while other traffic-related deaths decreased by 14%.

A recent study found that California carries the highest risk for pedestrian injuries and fatalities compared to other states. Approximately 55,000 pedestrian accidents and 6,516 pedestrian deaths were reported by the California Department of Transportation in 2020.