June 10, 2011 - San Diego, Calif. - A police officer was one of those injured in a series of car crashes in San Diego. The accident occurred in the morning on Thursday, May 19, in University City as the officer was responding to a crash that involved injuries, SignOnSanDiego.com has reported.
In the first car crash, which occurred shortly before 8 a.m., a 67-year-old woman, was driving on Governor Drive when she lost control of her sedan. Her car veered to the right, went on the sidewalk and hit an electric utility box at about 40 mph, spinning her car across the road. The impact left the woman unconscious.
The police officer who was responding to the accident had her siren blaring and lights flashing. Eyewitnesses said the officer slowed to 5 or 10 mph when driving through an intersection.; however, a Ford Focus struck her patrol car on the right.
Witnesses told police that the Ford may have been traveling at 30 mph at the time of the accident. The police officer and the driver of the Ford were transported to a hospital by ambulance.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,081 traffic fatalities in California in 2009.
Occasionally, our firm will publish news stories about serious or fatal accidents in our coverage area in order to raise awareness about the types of crashes that can occur in San Diego and elsewhere in our region.
Some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents include:
- single-vehicle crashes;
- crashes involving speeding;
- crashes involving large trucks; and
- rollover accidents.
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