Woman struck, killed on Mira Mesa Boulevard by car that ran red light

Male pedestrian also hit, taken to hospital
Posted at 6:31 AM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 14:35:13-05

SAN DIEGO - A woman was killed and a man was injured after both were struck by a car that ran a red light on a busy Mira Mesa street Thursday morning.

The collision involving the two pedestrians and a Honda sedan was reported shortly after 6 a.m. on eastbound Mira Mesa Blvd. at Marbury Ave., near Interstate 15.

Authorities declared the 59-year-old woman dead at the scene, and the 64-year-old man also hit by the Honda was taken to Scripps La Jolla hospital. He suffered serious head injuries and a broken femur, according to San Diego police.

Penny Cavender, who witnessed the crash, told 10News, "He was not stopping; he was flying right through, and that's when the one lady was up in the air, landed over there. And she's not here anymore. And then the man went flying, and I thought he was dead. I did the sign of the cross, told the police officers that I thought he was dead."

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Witness Allan Mercado added, "I hear a car going too fast. I'm thinking he has a red and he's not slowing down. So I turn around … I turn around and he just ran them over. It's terrible. I can still see it. Every time I close my eyes I can see their legs get run over and them on top of the car."

Police said the Honda's 26-year-old driver remained at the scene and was questioned.

Eastbound lanes between Greenford Dr. and Black Mountain Rd. were shut down due to the investigation.

Nearby resident Victor Albright said Mira Mesa Boulevard is like a freeway.

"You kind of [got to] have the 5 second rule; when the light turns red, you count to five before you step into that road," he said. "I've seen so many people almost get plowed. I know there's been accidents along here plenty of times. But it's crazy because you feel like you could wake up every day and see this."