Even though it's January and winter weather has been sweeping across the country in recent days, San Jose residents still like to get out and jog to get their exercise in. For some, it's all part of a New Year's resolution to get healthy. For others, it is simply part of the daily routine. But, for all joggers, there is probably very little concern that they won't make it back home to continue on with their day. Unfortunately for one jogger down the coast in Santa Ynez, that concern became a reality.
According to the reports, the jogger, a 45-year-old man, was struck by a 2005 minivan being driven by an 89-year-old woman. The collision occurred on December 27 in the early morning hours, at approximately 6:30 a.m. It appears that the man suffered serious injuries that prompted the emergency responders who came to the scene to request a helicopter ambulance for transportation. However, apparently it soon became clear to the responders that the man was not going to live, so they called off the helicopter. The man was transported to a hospital, but he died shortly after the accident.
The initial reports did not indicate whether or not the 89-year-old driver suffered any injuries in the collision. An investigation by the California Highway Patrol began immediately, but it will probably be some time before a conclusion as to what caused the accident can be reached. Alcohol or drug use seems to have been ruled out as a contributing factor.
When someone is involved in an accident that results in a catastrophic or serious injury - or even a fatality - there will be many people looking for answers. In this case, the man's family will likely want to know as soon as possible what exactly caused this 89-year-old woman to hit the jogger. Was her advanced age a factor when considering her driving abilities? Was the darkness at the early morning hour a factor? These and many more questions will need to be answered.
Source: Santa Ynez Valley News, "Jogger dies after being struck by minivan," Jan. 2, 2014
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