Camera captures Cal Poly hit-and-run, video

January 29, 2020


A driver slammed into two pedestrians on the Cal Poly campus and then left the scene without stopping, surveillance footage shows. [Mustang News]

Corban Kinloch

The driver, a Cal Poly student, is now facing felony hit-and-run charges. The victims survived the incident with moderate injuries.

On the evening of Jan. 18, Cal Poly student Corban Kinloch, 20, was driving on the university campus near the Performing Arts Center. An 18-year-old male and 19-year-old female entered a crosswalk and began crossing the street when Kinloch’s vehicle slammed into them.

Surveillance footage shows the two teenage pedestrians being thrown onto the street or sidewalk upon impact. The vehicle continues driving and without stopping and leaves the camera frame.

Responders transported the victims to the hospital, and officers later arrested Kinloch, who was booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail. Kinloch is no longer in custody, according to the county sheriff’s office website.

The SLO County District Attorney’s Office has charged Kinloch with two counts of felony hit-and-run causing injury.

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Why did he keep backing up and hitting them!? What a jerk!

The driver was making a left hand turn at an unsafe speed. Had he been proceeding with proper caution, he would have seen the pedestrians about to step into the intersection. Said pedestrians stepped into the intersection without observing the flow of traffic. Legally, they were the ones with the right of way, however, this becomes a moot point at some level when one is being hit by a car. Legally, the driver is at fault, especially in the case of the hit-and-run nature of his response. The pedestrian behavior is simply natural selection at work.

This is exactly what I was thinking. Yes, the driver is at fault, but honestly, who steps out in front of a moving vehicle? I guess these two Cal Poly students do, that’s who. My parents taught me at a very young age that even if you are in a crosswalk, do NOT proceed until you are SURE the vehicle is stopped (seems simple enough, right?). A tough lesson learned for these two, unfortunately; I’m sure they won’t walk mindlessly into a crosswalk again.

There are two things happening here. One, the driver hit and ran. Two, the students clearly marched right into the crosswalk with no hesitation… as the car nearly got to the crosswalk. I would fault them for not looking out for themselves…. (as so many people do these days… just blindly assuming their safety without taking necessary precaution… namely, “stop, look and listen”.) And obviously fault the driver for leaving the scene, if in fact, he even knew he hit someone.

If you look closer you’ll see that the driver was coming at them from a diagonal direction, not the lane closest to the sidewalk. From the second lane, at least. It even almost looks like he was coming from further than that, maybe the other side of the street.

Right. He’s apparently making a left turn as the car before him passes through the lane he’s entering. He’s obviously watching that.

But as a pedestrian, I’m looking out for anything entering my zone of “hurt”…. and they just blindly walked right into it.

This is a shame from all perspectives, but i feel both have culpability. If anyone fails DUI, then all bets are off. But if not, then the insurance companies will have quite a fun time battling each other.

Single lane. He was turning left in front of oncoming truck approaching the crosswalk. Timing to flow behind the preceding vehicle. They step off the curb, without hesitation, as the car passes.

It is understandable that he neglected to see them. Neglecting to stop is where he went from accidental to criminal.