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Woman killed, child injured after car crashes into pedestrians in Escondido

Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 09:40:37-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- A woman was killed and a child injured after a car veered into several pedestrians Tuesday afternoon.

According to Escondido Police, the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of North Rose Street and East Washington Avenue.

The initial investigation revealed that a red Nissan Titan was traveling east on Washington Avenue and failed to stop for a red light, crashing into a blue Ford Fusion traveling North on Rose Street. Both pedestrians were hit while crossing the street.

The 45-year-old female pedestrian was killed while the 7-year-old child was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The conditions of the drivers are unclear.

Ryan Johnson, who lives in a home at the corner of the intersection, said that he was working from home when he heard the crash.

"I immediately looked in the window," Johnson said. "A woman was thrown into the fence and, I'm not sure if it was the son or grandson under the red pickup truck that T-boned that blue car at high speed."

Johnson told ABC 10News that the woman was thrown into a fence in front of his home.

"There was blood on the ground. I helped lift the woman up and turned her over where an off-duty cop was parked right here got out and started preforming CPR,” Johnson said. "My 21-year-old son took the boy and sat down with to really comfort him because he was screaming hysterically."

"It was very bad. It was very scary. Started praying for her and the boy,” Johnson added.

The tragedy is one that Johnson said could have been avoided if people followed the speed limit and a simple solution was installed.

"A number of people in this area have asked to put streetlight turn signals (for) a number of years,” Johnson said.

There's hopes of what was seen at the corner of Rose and Washington will open some eyes.

"This is so dangerous, and now that you have a skateboard park with all of these kids, it's just going to get worse where someone else is going to get hurt and killed,” Johnson said.

Escondido Police told ABC 10News that DUI was not suspected and neither driver was charged, but investigators continue to look into the crash.

The condition of the drivers is unclear.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Officer Stephen Braucht at 760-839-4482.