On October 12, 2021, at 12:39 p.m., Escondido Police officers responded to a collision at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Rose Street. Officers arrived and found two vehicles which had collided in the intersection and then struck two pedestrians who were walking in the east crosswalk. Citizens were performing CPR on one of the pedestrians, a 45-year-old female. She was transported to Palomar Medical Center where she later died. A seven-year-old male pedestrian was also transported to Palomar Medical Center and later transferred to Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The initial investigation revealed that a red Nissan Titan was traveling east on Washington Avenue and failed to stop for a red traffic signal, colliding with a blue Ford Fusion that was traveling north on Rose Street. Both pedestrians were hit after the initial collision as they were crossing Washington Avenue in the crosswalk. An independent witness confirmed the traffic signal for northbound Rose Street was green at the time of the collision.
This collision is under investigation by Officer Stephen Braucht of the Escondido Police Department Traffic Division. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is encouraged to contact Officer Braucht at (760) 839-4482.