Oceanside CA- Following two traffic fatalities involving pedestrians on Oceanside streets this week, the Oceanside Police Department has issued an appeal to the public for traffic safety.
On February 24, 2014 at 6:11 p.m. Oceanside Police officers responded to a serious injury traffic collision in the 1900 block of Oceanside Boulevard. The collision involved a single vehicle and a pedestrian. The investigation revealed the pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk, but was attempting to cross Oceanside Boulevard mid-block. She was struck by a vehicle in the number one westbound lane. The pedestrian later died at a local hospital due to her injuries.
On February 26, 2014 at 6:41 p.m. Oceanside Police officers responded to a serious injury traffic collision on the Cassidy Street bridge over Interstate 5. The collision involved a single vehicle and a pedestrian. The investigation revealed the pedestrian was walking eastbound in the middle of the roadway and moved into the westbound lane in front of an oncoming vehicle. The pedestrian was struck and later died at a local hospital.
The police department is asking members of our community to use these tragic and unnecessary events as an opportunity to remind themselves and their loved ones of their obligations to be safe and cautious along our roadways. Pedestrians should look for safe and legal areas to cross roadways. These are generally at intersections controlled by traffic signals and in marked crosswalks. Wait for approaching vehicles to pass and never assume drivers will see you and stop while you are crossing the road. Remember to look both ways and allow for an adequate amount of time before crossing the road. Drivers should likewise be mindful of the presence of pedestrians along the roadway.