Father, Infant Suffer Life-Threatening Injuries in Point Loma Crash - NBC 7 San Diego

Father, Infant Suffer Life-Threatening Injuries in Point Loma Crash

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    Father, Baby Seriously Injured in Point Loma Crash

    A father and a baby are critically injured after a devastating accident in Point Loma. NBC 7's Wendy Fry reports. (Published Monday, March 2, 2015)

    A father pushing his 7-month-old child in a stroller was hit by a car in Point Loma, and both are now in critical condition, the San Diego Police Department said.

    At about 6:30 a.m. Monday, a couple was walking with their baby in the stroller when an SUV turned from Catalina onto Canon and hit the father and stroller, SDPD Lt. Paul Connelly said.

    The 47-year-old driver of the SUV stopped and got out to help the father and child, police said.

    The 30-year-old father was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital. The 5-month-old is conscious and breathing and was taken to Rady Children's Hospital, police said. The mother was there but not injured, police said.

    The father and child are suffering from serious, life-threatening head injuries and broken bones.

    An NBC 7 map of accidents in Point Loma shows at least eight other accidents in that exact same intersection and area in the past few years. There have been 78 other accidents in the general vicinity of that intersection. None of those were fatal, according to police data, though 96 people have been injured.

    Neighbor Kris Robbillard said the residents try not to use the crosswalk at the street because they have almost been hit so many times.

    "We'd have to back up and go forward again, and back up and go forward, and nobody really seems to know there's a crosswalk there," Robbillard said.

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    When driving around the turn, they have to go slow because you can't see the crosswalk until last minute. A pedestrian sign where the couple was crossing is obstructed by foliage.

    Kathleen Ferrier with Circulate San Diego, a cyclist and pedestrian advocacy group, said the intersection is poorly designed and is urging the city to look at streets like these and slow down traffic there.

    "We have to commit to a vision of zero deaths for the city of San Diego and the tragedy this morning," said Ferrier. "We owe it to families like the one that was hit in the tragedy this morning to make our streets safer." 

    Connelly said police believe the family was out exercising. It does not look like alcohol was a factor, and police are not sure if there were any other distractions.

    The incident is under investigation, police said.