Driver hits man crossing street in Santa Maria
September 8, 2014
A 17-year-old driver crashed into a man walking a bicycle across a street in Santa Maria Saturday night, leaving him with a serious head injury.
The victim was pushing his bicycle across the intersection of Broadway and Inger Drive when the car crashed into him. Responders transported the bicyclist to a nearby hospital, where he remained in the ICU Saturday night.
Santa Maria police say they do not believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol. They are, however, investigating whether the pedestrian had been drinking prior to the collision.
Witnesses said the pedestrian was difficult to see in the dark and opted not to yield to oncoming traffic.
In San Luis Obispo County, a 2011 crash that left a pedestrian dead resulted in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city of Pismo and the Cliff’s Resort. The case recently concluded with the victim’s family collecting about $1.5 million each from the city and the hotel.