Crime and Public-Safety News for Pacific Beach/San Diego: Woman sleeping under truck killed; DUI checkpoint nets 5 arrests; monthly list of incidents reported to police


Woman sleeping under truck killed, July 29

A 52-year-old woman who fell asleep under a semi-truck died after the driver, who didn’t realize she was there, moved the vehicle and ran her over Sunday, July 29, police said.

An employee of the Trader Joe’s on Garnet Avenue came upon the woman in an alley behind the store and called police about 1:20 p.m., police officer Sarah Foster said.

Police and paramedics arrived and tried to save the woman, but she succumbed to her injuries. She was not identified. Officers were investigating the incident as an accident.

DUI checkpoint nets 5 arrests, July 7

The San Diego Police Department Traffic Division conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint between 10:55 p.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday, July 7 at 2700 Garnet Ave.

2,064 vehicles passed through checkpoint; 606 vehicles were screened; 11 drivers were evaluated; 5 DUI-alcohol suspects were arrested in or near the checkpoint; 1 person was arrested on additional criminal charges of possession of brass knuckles.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Road safety day, July 17

San Diego Police Department conducted bicycle and pedestrian safety operations from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. Attention was directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation. Additionally, enforcement was taken for observed violations when pedestrians crossed a street illegally or failed to yield to drivers who had the right of way.

Drivers must: Be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely. Be cautious when backing up — pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path. Share the road with bicyclists. California law mandates at least three feet of clearance when passing bike riders. Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space. Yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals. Be watchful for riders when making turns, either left or right.

Bicyclists must: Wear helmets every time they ride. Obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. When cycling in the street, ride in the same direction as traffic. Increase visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk. To be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red rear reflector.

Pedestrians must: Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals.Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk. Pay attention to traffic and do not text or talk on a cell phone. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you. Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night. Look left-right-left before crossing a street.

Police Blotter

Assaults: 28 incidents reported.

Drugs/Alcohol Violations: (includes open container in park) 126.

DUI’s Drugs/Alcohol: 43 arrests.

Fraud: 23 incidents reported.

Rape: 2 reports — 800 block Garnet Ave. 1:40 a.m. July 1; 900 block Chalcedony, 1 a.m. July 24.

Residential Burglary: 25 reports — 4800 block Bella Pacific Row, 12 a.m. June 15; 700 block San Rafael Place, 8 a.m. June 21; 3700 block Ocean Front Walk, 1:56 a.m. June 23; 900 block Agate, 6 p.m. June 23; 700 block Kennebeck Court 2:31 a.m. June 24; 2100 block Reed, 12 p.m. June 24; 1600 block Thomas, 7 a.m. June 27; 2600 block Hornblend 3 p.m. July 3; 3200 block Brandywine, 3 a.m. July 4; 1600 block Chaldedony, 10:30 p.m. July 4; 5000 block Foothill, 6:15 p.m. July 7; 3900 block Jewell, 7:15 p.m. July 8; 5300 block Soledad Rancho Court, 12 a.m. July 9; 1100 block Tourmaline, 8 p.m. July 12; 3500 block Crown Point Drive, 7 p.m. July 16; 1800 block Hornblend, 9 p.m. July 19; 3200 block Eichenlaub, 1:30 p.m. July 19; 800 block Santa Clara Place, 2 a.m. July 20; 400 block Bonair, 2:15 a.m. July 22; 900 block Thomas, 1 a.m. July 23; 4000 block Sequoia, 11:30 p.m. July 23; 4300 block Gresham, 8:30 p.m. July 24; 1100 block Pacific Beach Drive, 8 p.m. July 25; 700 block Zanzibar, 12 a.m. July 31; 1500 block El Cam Del Teatro, 9:26 a.m. July 31.

Commercial Burglary: 7 reports — 4400 block Bayard, 12 a.m. July 17; 1700 block Garnet, 2:37 a.m. July 17; 900 block W. Mission Bay Drive, 12:20 p.m. July 7; 4600 block Everts, 11:55 p.m. July 2; 4700 block Mission Blvd. 6 p.m. July 24; 2700 block Garnet, 4:10 a.m July 26; 700 block Turquoise, 4 p.m. July 28.

Street Robberies: 3 reports — 4300 block Mission Blvd., 11:45 p.m. June 16; 4400 block Ingraham, 10:23 a.m. June 22; 900 block Garnet, 3:10 p.m. July 18.

Residential Robbery, weapon used, 3200 block Ocean Front Walk, 12:25 a.m. July 5.

Street Robbery, no weapon, 700 block Ventura Place, 12:50 a.m. July 5.

Grand Theft (over $950): 29 reports.

Petty Theft/Shoplifting: 42 reports.

Vandalism: 21 incidents.

Vehicle Break-ins: 44 reports.

Vehicle Theft: 26 reports.

Weapons: 5 incidents — felon with tear gas, 700 block Ventura Place, 6 p.m. June 25; concealed dagger, 800 block Garnet, 12:50 a.m. July 1; concealed weapon in vehicle, 4200 block Mission Bay Drive, 2:33 a.m. July 16; large capacity magazine, 600 block Chalcedony, 6:23 p.m. July 24; metal knuckles, 2700 block Garnet, 12:18 a.m. July 8.