Two pedestrian fatalities prompt police warnings

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside Police Department released a formal reminder to be cautious on the roadways following two pedestrian fatalities that occurred within two days.

“We are 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,” Lt. Leonard Cosby, said in a press release.

Both accidents took place just after sunset, involved one vehicle, and showed no signs alcohol was a cause.

The first fatality occurred Feb. 24, within the 1900 block of Oceanside Boulevard, close to a shopping center. An 80-year-old female Oceanside resident was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk. A car hit her when she entered the westbound lane.

The woman was transported to Tri-City Medical Center where she died due to injuries.

The second accident occurred Feb. 26 on the Cassidy Street bridge overcrossing that spans Interstate 5.

A 53-year-old male Oceanside resident was walking eastbound in the middle of the road. He moved into the westbound lane facing oncoming traffic and was struck by an SUV.

The man was transported to Tri-City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, despite aggressive resuscitative efforts.

The speed of the driver was not a factor in the accident.

Police urge pedestrians to look for safe and legal areas to cross roadways, such as traffic signal controlled intersections or marked crosswalks.

“Never assume drivers will see you and stop while you are crossing the road,” Cosby, said.

Police also remind drivers to be mindful of the presence of pedestrians along the roadway.

Both accidents are under ongoing investigation. The names of the victims had not been released as of March 1.



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