A 33-year-old mother was struck by a Ford F-150 truck while crossing the street at Encinitas Boulevard near its intersection with Vulcan Street on Friday, Sept. 22. The woman had reportedly just gotten off of work at Lazy Acres and was walking to catch the coaster back home at around 7:30 p.m.
Witnesses to the crash noted that the driver of the pickup truck got out of his vehicle after striking the woman, told bystanders that she was okay, then proceeded to drive away from the scene. The San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies were left relying on witness accounts and surveillance footage in the area as a way of identifying the motorist who caused the crash.
The woman was transported to the Scripps La Jolla Hospital in critical condition. Her father reports that she suffered significant trauma to her spine, limbs, head and pelvis during the crash.
While it’s unclear whether it happened at the accident scene or once she arrived at the hospital, she also suffered a stroke. She experienced significant cognitive impairments as a result of the stroke.
She continues to be cared for in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital. Her condition remains dire.
Hit-and-run charges are likely to be filed against the driver responsible for causing this crash once the police investigation has been completed.
If you’ve suffered significant injuries after being struck by a hit-and-run driver, it may be possible to recover costs associated with medical bills, lost wages and future rehabilitation resulting from your accident. A Vista, California, pedestrian accident attorney can advise you of your rights to file a claim.
Source: NBC 7 San Diego, “Mother coming home from work seriously injured in Encinitas hit-and-run,” Omari Fleming, Sep. 26, 2017