A hit and run accident that left a car damaged on Tynebourne Circle near Torrey Pines High School is just a small example of why speeding has become a problem in the neighborhood, said neighbor Shelley Saitowitz. (No one was physically injured in the incident.)
The accident occurred recently at 10:30 a.m. on the street that feeds into Hartfield Avenue. Adrian Lee, SDPD Northwestern Division community relations officer, confirmed the police have a report on the incident.
“I can’t assume it was a student but I can’t imagine how anyone can go that fast,” Saitowitz said. “We believe it’s the same car, doing extraordinary speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour.”
Saitowitz said that, unfortunately, her street is one of the only ways to get out to Hartfield and Del Mar Heights Road from the back parking lot exit of Torrey Pines. She said people are constantly driving recklessly on her street. “They screech by every day,” Saitowitz said.
In 2009, Del Mar Pines School on Torrington Street dealt with issues with speed on their street. The small campus is close to the Torrey Pines High back parking lot exit and Torrington is the inner loop, one street in from Tynebourne Circle. Del Mar Pines’ problems were mainly pedestrian related— parents and students trying to cross the street with too many speeding cars whizzing by.
Saitowitz said she has concerns about the overall design and planning of the roads and wonders if something can be done to slow drivers down. Speed surveys could be a next step, as was done with the Torrington Street. Saitowitz thinks some solutions could be speed bumps, increased police presence or posted signs.
“Those would only be temporary solutions, I don’t think it will solve the issue long term. It all helps but it takes a lot to change people’s behavior,” Saitowitz said.
— Karen Billing