The sheriff’s department believes a landscaper who was hit by a car Tuesday morning in Poway was wearing earplugs at the time of the accident.
The accident happened around 8:42 a.m. on Twin Peaks Road, west of Maple Street.
According to sheriff’s officials, the 41-year-old worker was standing in the bike lane and using a leaf blower. That’s when a Lexus sedan, driven by an 81-year-old woman, struck him.
The man was taken to Palomar Medical Center for what were described as life-threatening injuries to his head and body.
The man works for Heaviland Enterprises, Inc., according to sheriff’s department.
The woman driving the car stopped immediately and was questioned at the scene. Officials said speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. No charges are pending at this time.
Deputies are advising drivers to be aware of roadside workers and give them a wide berth.
"If you see somebody working on the edge of the roadway, pay attention," said San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Cheever.
The accident also prompted a SigAlert.