68-Year-Old Woman Hurt, Pedro Matias-Perez Arrested after San Diego Pedestrian Crash at Genesee Avenue
San Diego, California (April 4, 2020) – A 68-year-old woman was on Thursday evening injured in a suspected DUI crash in San Diego, according to police.
The crash occurred at about 3:35 p.m., on April 2, in the 4800 block of Genesee Avenue, south of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.
Pedro Matias-Perez was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on the avenue when he drifted left and hit a raised center median. He then overcorrected his vehicle to the right, and his truck flipped over and struck a light pole, according to the authorities.
The light pole reportedly detached from its base and fell on a female pedestrian who was on the sidewalk. Finally, the pole landed on the roof of a house near the intersection of Genesse and Sauk avenues.
The female, a 68-year-old pedestrian, suffered from a deep cut to the back of her head and a bruise on her left arm. She was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Following the accident, Matias-Perez and his passenger, a 25-year-old man, fled the scene. The police later located them.
The 25-year-old man was taken to a hospital with an injury on his right arm.
Matias-Perez was arrested for alleged hit-and-run and driving while intoxicated. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail with a bail set at $100,000.
The crash remains under investigation.
A person on foot is no match for a vehicle. Pedestrians have virtually no protection when they are hit by cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other vehicles. Sadly, this often leads to catastrophic injuries and/or death. “Due to the incredibly serious nature of these types of injuries, pedestrian accident cases often require special care in order to help ensure victims receive the full compensation they need for extensive medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation therapy, in-home care, lost past and future earnings, and numerous other economic and non-economic damages”, Said Arin Khodaverdian, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. Arin noted that pedestrians, in most instances, have the right-of-way when crossing a street or an intersection. According to Arin, to properly investigate a pedestrian crash and prove negligence, enough resources are required. “A skilled attorney has the resources and will help investigate the accident to determine the party at fault,” Arin said.