SAN DIEGO, California – A 53-year-old woman visiting San Diego from Kingston, New York was struck and killed Tuesday morning after she stumbled while walking through a crosswalk and was struck by a car at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Fifth Street, according to a San Diego Medical Examiner report.
The woman, whose identity has been withheld pending notification of her family, was in San Diego for a Comic-Con convention. Police were called to the scene of the pedestrian accident about 9:22 a.m.
Paramedics transported the injured woman to Scripps Mercy Hospital where despite aggressive resuscitative efforts she died at 9:47 a.m. The 67-year-old driver who struck the woman had a green light and she reportedly ran in front of his vehicle, according to news reports.
Additionally, the Los Angeles Times reported that friends of the woman identified her as Gisela Gagliardi and told reporters that she was a fan of the popular movie Twilight. The woman was on her way back to secure her place in line for a chance to meet with the cast of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” featured at the convention on Thursday. Friends of Gagliardi have created an online tribute to her to help raise funds for her funeral costs.
San Diego Car Accident Statistics
There were 217 deaths and 12,998 injuries recorded in San Diego County traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic report. In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
“Police will investigate this pedestrian crash to determine whether the driver who struck this woman was at fault,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Under California law, drivers are supposed to give pedestrians the right of way and should stop when a pedestrian steps into the roadway and must not continue driving until the pedestrian steps back on the curb on the opposite side of the street.”
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