Pedestrian hit by car in Carmel Valley dies from injuries

Memorials were left at the site where a Carmel Valley jogger was struck by a car April 30. Photo by Karen Billing

BY KAREN BILLING AND PAULINE REPARD, SPECIAL TO THE CARMEL VALLEY NEWS

Flowers marked the park near where a Carmel Valley woman was fatally struck by a car last Thursday afternoon. Azita Hafezi-Saghafi, 57, was hit while jogging on April 30 around 2:20 p.m. at the intersection of Del Mar Trails Road and Mona Lisa Street.

According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner, Hafezi-Saghafi was in the marked crosswalk on Del Mar Trails Road, right in from of Del Mar Trails Park, when she was struck by a BMW car traveling through the intersection.

Paramedics responded and she was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla where she passed away on May 1 from multiple blunt force injuries.

The 43-year-old driver of the BMW was unhurt. She stopped after the accident and cooperated with police. Authorities have not released the name of the BMW driver.

Police said Hafezi-Saghafi was jogging across the street, but one witness, David Ybarrola, said she was walking while in the crosswalk. He said in an email to U-T San Diego that he called 911 to report the accident and later talked to investigators.

The investigation is not yet complete, police traffic Sgt. Tim Underwood said Tuesday.

“These things are not fast,” Underwood said. “There is no rush to judgment.”

He said a collision report has not yet been sent to an investigator, who will then review the facts and decide whether to send the case to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

They will be looking at factors such as the driver’s speed, road conditions, possible driving under the influence and which person had the legal right-of-way. Hafezi-Saghafi was using the only painted crosswalk at the intersection, but traffic on Del Mar Trails Road has no stop sign or traffic signal.

“You have to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, but a pedestrian can’t enter an intersection when a vehicle is an immediate hazard,” Underwood said.


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