KTLA Channel 5 LA’s Very Own News reported recently that a tragic motor vehicle accident in the downtown area of San Diego, California on the morning of Monday, March 15, 2021 led to the death of three homeless individuals and injuries to six more after a man careened onto a sidewalk upon exit from a tunnel and into a homeless encampment set up to avoid heavy rains.
According to a news release issued by the San Diego Police Department and information provided from officials with the San Diego Fire Department, the incident took place between 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Monday, March 15, 2021 just outside of a short roadway tunnel leading under the campus of San Diego City College, a local community college. A San Diego man, 71 years of age, was driving his Volvo station wagon through the tunnel when, for unknown reasons still under investigation, he drove onto the sidewalk and plowed into an area where unhoused individuals were taking shelter.
The man was arrested at the scene and faces three counts of vehicular manslaughter, five counts of causing great bodily harm, and one count of felony driving under the influence (DUI.) A field sobriety test was conducted, and more charges may be forthcoming.