Dog bites were rampant in Bay Terraces on March 1st of this year. A roaming pack of three pit bulls attacked three different people in three separate attacks. The dogs first attacked 60 year-old Norma Williams while she was walking home from Church. The pit bulls surrounded and attacked her, biting her ankle and ripping her pants. Nearby resident Michael Ward heard Ms. Williams' screams and came to her aid. The pit bulls then attacked Mr. Ward, biting him many times on his thigh and torso. Later, the dogs attacked a 79 year-old man who was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for the dog attack injuries.
A driver killed a pedestrian who was a 53 year-old single Oceanside man on February 26, 2014. Charles D. Soltysiak was struck as he was walking his dog on the Cassidy Street overpass above Interstate 5 around 8:30 p.m. The driver of the vehicle that killed Charles D. Soltysiak has been identified as 23-year-old Christian Thibodeau. After striking Mr. Soltysiak, Mr. Thibodeau apparently panicked, then left the scene, and sped home to get his father.
A deadly motorcycle accident occurred on West Mission road in San Marcos on February 22nd, killing Encinitas resident Mark Robert Mchose. Mr. Mchose was killed in an intersection accident at West Madison and Pico Avenue. The accident is under investigation.
A hit and run driver caused the wrongful death of a well-known and well-loved Escondido man on February 3rd. Benjamin Ramirez was struck as he was walking home from a friend's house, following his shift at the local Albertson's. The vehicle involved was a white, box U-haul style, truck. After striking Mr. Ramirez, the driver slowed for a moment before fleeing the scene, leaving Mr. Ramirez to die.
In a tragic motorcycle accident on January 31st, a well-known and well-loved local prop director of the Old Globe theater lost his life, after a hit-and-run left the San Diego motorcyclist dead and his passenger injured. Seamus O'Bryan and his passenger were approaching the intersection of University Avenue and Granada Avenue in North Park when the driver of a 4-door sedan collided with Seamus's motorcycle. The sedan stopped briefly, and then fled the scene. Despite aggressive life saving measures, Mr. O'Bryan died shortly after his arrival at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Mr. O'Bryan's passenger suffered scrapes, bruises, chest and leg pain, but survived the motorcycle accident.
A 43 year old man was killed in a tragic bicycle accident on January 26, 2014. Gerald Zoleta Garcia was riding his bike with a friend in the designated bicycling lane when he was struck and killed by a car. Garcia was flung from his bike where he died on the spot from blunt force trauma to his brain. Garcia's friend was not injured.