Pizza Delivery Car Strikes, Kills Woman

Victim identified as 88-year-old Salome Ejanda

By Danya Bacchus, R. Stickney and Rory Devine
|  Monday, Dec 24, 2012  |  Updated 10:58 PM PDT
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A pizza delivery car struck and killed a woman identified as 88 year old Ejanda Salome in Otay Mesa Sunday. NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine spoke to her family, who described her as a matriarch.

A pizza delivery car struck and killed a woman identified as 88 year old Ejanda Salome in Otay Mesa Sunday. NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine spoke to her family, who described her as a matriarch.

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Woman Killed by Pizza Delivery Car

Officers say the victim was moved some distance from the intersection by the power of the crash however they don t believe the driver was speeding. NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports.
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The family of an 88-year-old woman struck and killed by a pizza delivery car Sunday is mourning the loss of their matriarch.

Salome Ejanda was walking at the intersection of Picador Boulevard and Arey Drive around 7 p.m. Sunday when the driver of the pizza delivery car struck her.

Ejanda was pronounced dead upon paramedics' arrival. 

Officers say she was moved some distance from the intersection by the power of the crash, however they don’t believe the driver was speeding.

Ejanda was widowed and lived with her son and his wife in a San Diego home. Reached by her family Monday, Ejanda's granddaughter Melanie Natividad told NBC 7 that Ejanda was the matriarch of their large Filipino family. She had six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Natividad said her grandmother was fashionable and independent. She died "living her life without fear," Natividad said.  

The medical examiner's report states she was walking against a red light when the collision occurred. 

There is also still a question of if the driver was working at the time of the accident.

“The vehicle obviously does have a pizza sign and whether it was making a delivery or just leaving the scene, that I don't know,” said Sgt. Art Doherty with San Diego police.

It doesn’t appear the driver will be cited in the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

 


 

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