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Pedestrian Killed By Potentially Distracted Driver In Del Cerro

Craig McClellan

A 65-year-old woman was struck and killed at the intersection of Margerum Avenue and Navajo Road in Del Cerro on Friday. The collision occurred in the early afternoon hours. The driver, a 25-year-old woman, failed to stop despite the victim's efforts to get her attention. Several witnesses report that the victim held up her arm and stopped in the intersection as the car approached. The vehicle drug her for several feet before coming to a stop. Investigation into the accident continues.

San Diego police are reporting that alcohol and speeding are not suspected in this fatal accident. The driver is, however, being investigated for potential distracted driving. To that end, the driver's cell phone and data records are being analyzed to identify if either were in use at the time of the collision.

While fatalities in road transportation accidents have fallen in many areas, pedestrian deaths have risen. Fromm 2009 to 2011, there was an 8 percent increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many people attribute that increase to the number of distracted drivers on the roads, as well as the number of distracted pedestrians. If the cell phone and data records of the driver's phone indicate that she was texting, talking or using the Internet when she struck and killed this woman, it will be another grim reminder of the dangers of taking your attention off the road.

Source: NBC 7 San Diego, " Woman Fatally Struck by Car in Del Cerro," by Nicole Gomez and Monica Garske, 12 October 2013