CARLSBAD — In the early morning hours on Dec. 28 a vehicle that had swerved onto the sidewalk struck a woman jogging along Carlsbad Boulevard.
The woman has since been identified as 51-year-old Nicole Lynch of Carlsbad.
At 7:13 a.m. the Carlsbad Police Department received numerous calls regarding the collision at the 3800 block of Carlsbad Boulevard.
Officers and emergency crews responded to the scene and found Lynch unresponsive on the sidewalk.
Carlsbad Fire Department personnel provided medical treatment to Lynch, who was then transported by ambulance to Tri-City Medical Center. She was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. en route to the hospital, according to the County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle, a 1998 Ford Explorer was driving northbound on Carlsbad Boulevard north of Tamarack Avenue.
For an unknown reason the vehicle swerved onto the sidewalk, colliding with the pedestrian.
The driver of the 1998 Ford Expedition has been identified as a 52-year-old male resident of Oceanside. A 3-year-old girl was in the passenger side of the vehicle at the time of the accident.
No charges have been filed against the driver and he was not arrested, according to Lt. Mickey Williams.
“Our investigators are investigating to figure out why he went onto the sidewalk and ultimately will be putting together a case and presenting it to the case officer for their review to see if it warrants any criminal charges,” he added.
Williams said that it doesn’t appear that speed was a factor in the accident. “There were no reports that he was driving excessively or excessive speed. The evidence at the scene doesn’t appear that he was driving excessively.”
The speed limit on Carlsbad Boulevard is posted at 35 miles per hour.
Lynch was believed to have been jogging with her daughter at the time.
Carlsbad Police are continuing the investigation. Alcohol or drug intoxication is not suspected to be involved in the collision.
This story has been updated since its original posting.