David Crosby hits jogger in Santa Ynez

March 24, 2015
David Crosby

David Crosby

Legendary musician David Crosby crashed his 2015 black Tesla into a jogger Sunday near his home in the Santa Ynez Valley. [KEYT]

The jogger, 46-year-old Jose Jimenez, suffered multiple fractures, abrasions and lacerations but survived. Emergency responders airlifted Jimenez to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, where he received treatment for the injuries that are described as non-life threatening.

Crosby, 73, hit the jogger on Baseline Avenue near Mora Street. He was driving 55 mph at the time, which is the posted speed limit on the road.

CHP investigators say Crosby may have been unable to see Jimenez because of sun glare. Crosby was not impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time, according to the CHP.

After the collision, Crosby immediately stopped and offered aid.

The rock and roll hall of famer was with his son at the time of the accident. Neither of them suffered injuries.

On Monday evening, Crosby’s public relations manager, Michael Jansen, issued a statement about the accident.

“David Crosby is obviously very upset that he accidentally hit anyone,” Jansen said. “And, based off of initial reports, he is relieved that the injuries to the gentleman were not life threatening. He wishes the jogger a very speedy recovery.”

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Why is there such resistance, by road department, to widen our back roads? I talked to a road worker, government employee, one time and he said he hated bicycles, because his daughter was badly injured riding. She was hit by a pickup truck. I asked him, ‘shouldn’t you hate trucks’? Just an example of one man’s attitude about bicycles. I love them, but can’t ride. I support people riding and I hope our Supervisors will lobby to provide wider rural roads, and lines to give them some safety. Caution riders and drivers of narrow winding curves ahead, on our back roads. When I drive , I watch around every blind curve for riders. It is a small, courteous, thoughtful thing to do. Maybe I go a little slower, but hey, Like I said, it is a small thing for me to do. .

I am so sad for the jogger who is hurt

I am sorry for David Crosby, as I am sure it is a terrible thing for him. These accidents affect so many people.

I send prayers for all involved.

Joggers , please wear bright, reflective clothing, LED flashing lights, drivers please watch carefully for joggers/bicyclists, motorcyclists on our lovely back roads (winding, back roads of SLO are so beautiful, but we all need to adjust our speed and be careful.

Run against traffic and ride with it.


• Run against traffic. A bicycle is considered a vehicle, so it is subject to the same laws as cars and trucks. Cyclists ride with traffic. You are not a vehicle. You are a runner. You are also in a highly vulnerable position if you’re running near cars, trucks, and bicycles.

So the best way to prevent an untimely meeting with one of these vehicles is to be able to see them. That means running on the side of the road or on the sidewalk and running while facing traffic.

• If you run at night, make yourself visible. Wear light-colored clothing and invest a few dollars in a reflective vest, which you can purchase at a local running store or through a mail-order running catalog.

Wow, again it’s the FAULT of the runner (or the bicyclist). OWN it people. Take control of your vehicle. If someone is in the road, stop, go around, or pull over. These roads are just as much the domain and property of pedestrians as they are bicyclists, cars, buses, or trucks. Share the sandbox kids.

Sad to hear anytime a jogger or bicyclist is hit by a car. I do both. I’m slow but I enjoy the exercise. But every time you go out you are at the mercy of the automobile driver.

I believe it was an accident that could’ve happened to any of us.

However, none of us are as rich as David Crosby so it’s a matter of time before the jogger’s attorney makes a call to Cro$by’s attorney.

Are you sure he wasn’t on the Marakesh Express?

Jogging alongside a 55mph road into the sun?

Sounds like all the bicyclists on Creston Rd. in Paso.

They often ride side-by-side on a road with barely any shoulder, next to cars, trucks, and horse trailers all traveling at least 50MPH.

Not smart.

I do not understand why after thousands of dollars if not millions designing cars for safety with air bags, seat belts, and a lot more safety items than I can think of, and that we do not allow them on the highway if they do not pass safety standards, that we then, within five feet of these cars, allow people to run along side of these vehicles that are traveling 55 plus MPH, wearing only shorts and a t-shirt or on bicycles wearing Styrofoam helmets. Is it a death wish? Is it stupidity? Is it a belief that a car will NOT hit them because they cannot drive over “that” white line? We even put cement barriers between the opposing traffic lanes to stop cars from running head on, but still we welcome people on the side of the roadways. Now we are asking that cars move over to next lane if possible to avoid passing too closely to a emergency vehicle parked in this same running/bicycle lane. Have you ever followed a car that drifted over the white line and thought to yourself that it is a matter of time before someone will be there the next time it crosses over? Have you noticed that driving lanes have been narrowed to the minimum width on some roads just to allow a running/bicycle lane to be installed without adding extra costs?

The simple response to your question is that creating adequate roadway width for all users is highly expensive. Not only is there a large construction cost but there is an even more expensive cost in acquiring the needed right-of-way. We have, as a society, decided that the additional safety is not worth that cost.

Another alternative would be to post much slower speed limits on such roads but I doubt very much that is a politically viable option.

On a broader note, there is no way that everyone in public can be protected from every possible danger. We do what we can in terms of education/training, facilities, laws, etc. but there are limits. Life comes with inherent risks.

Pedestrian survives 55MPH impact with an automobile… Either Jimenez was wearing a suit of armor, or the thin aluminum front end of that car did an excellent job of absorbing and dissipating the impact.