San Diego County

Mom Struck by Car While Walking with Baby in Vista Dies: ME

The mother leaves behind her child, husband and extended family.

A San Diego mother struck by a car while taking a stroll with her 6-month-old baby pushed her child out of the way, saving his life, family members told NBC 7. 

Martha Garcia, 35, of Vista, was pushing her baby in a stroller as she walked at the intersection of East Vista Way and Anza Avenue in Vista, north of San Diego, around 12:10 p.m. Wednesday. 

At the same time, a driver traveling eastbound on Anza Way made a right turn at the intersection, striking the woman and knocking her to the ground.

Family friend Wendy Estrada said Garcia tried to push her baby out of the way in the crash, saving his life. 

"She had to push the stroller out of the way, so the baby could be safe," Estrada said. "Unfortunately the car hit her. But the baby is safe."

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said the baby boy was not hurt.

The mother was taken to Palomar Hospital with unspecified but serious injuries. She was later pronounced dead. 

Deputies said the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with officials. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Garcia leaves behind her child, her husband, and extended family. 

Estrada has set up a GoFundMe to help out the family. 

"A 6-month-old, it's horrible, and I felt for the baby and I only wish him the best and that's why I'm here trying to help out," she said.

To donate, click here. 

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information can reach out to the SDSO’s Vista Traffic Division at (760) 940- 4556.

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