A ‘quick nightmare’: Three dead after car swerves onto San Diego sidewalk

SAN DIEGO (ABC) – UPDATE: SDPD is now reporting six people have been injured, in addition to the three fatalities, after a driver plowed through pedestrians in downtown San Diego.

Law enforcement says the driver has been detained for driving while impaired. His vehicle is connected to an earlier report, but police have yet to disclose those details.


Three people are dead and several others are injured after being struck by a car near San Diego City College Monday morning.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) a vehicle had hit “upwards of eight” pedestrians just before 9:15 PT. Three fatalities have been reported, with at least two people suffering critical injuries.

ABC spoke with one victim who said the car hit him and continued driving 20 feet before moving across the roadway. He said it was a “quick nightmare.”

One witness said the driver was speeding down the sidewalk before swerving across the fore-lane road.

The driver, a 71-year-old male, is in custody. SDPD said he was driving a Volvo station wagon westbound when the car veered onto a sidewalk.  The driver had stopped and remained at the scene following the collision.

It is unclear whether the incident was an accident or intentional at this time.

This is a developing story and we’ll keep you updated as new details become available. 

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