SAN DIEGO — A former spokesman for Caltrans in San Diego was killed in a head-on crash in Wyoming, authorities said Monday. Jim Larson, 70, was driving north on state Highway 789 about 3 p.m. near the very small community of Muddy Gap when his Jeep Cherokee was struck by a 2002 Chevy pickup heading south, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Investigators said the truck driver drifted across the center line and then hit the driver’s side door as the Jeep moved to avoid the collision. The impact sheared the door off the SUV and Larson was ejected. He died at the scene. A passenger was injured and was taken to a hospital in Rawlins, the Highway Patrol said. Authorities did not release any information about the driver. A friend of the family said that Larson was traveling to a family gathering.
A boy suffered an arrow wound to the head in Escondido Friday afternoon. The victim, whose age was unknown, was playing with an amateur bow and arrow set off San Pasqual Road near Bear Valley Parkway about 3 p.m. when his brother shot him, the Sheriff’s Department said. The boy suffered a wound above the eye, but the unsharpened end of the arrow did not penetrate his head, and he is expected to survive. He was flown to Children’s Hospital.
RINGTOWN, Pa. — A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man riding his bicycle to San Diego to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research was struck and killed by an SUV in New Mexico. Officials say John Anczarski, of Ringtown, Pa., died Tuesday of injuries suffered a day earlier in New Laguna, N.M., about 50 miles west of Albuquerque. Anczarski, a University of Colorado engineering student, and three friends called their project “The Pink Pedal.” The group said it had raised several thousand dollars for cancer research. They left Pennsylvania on May 23 and expected to reach San Diego next month. Police say the investigation into the crash has been turned over to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, because the accident occurred on tribal land. No charges have been filed.
SAN DIEGO — A man lying under a pickup truck parked at a Mira Mesa home was run over and injured early Wednesday morning. The driver of the Toyota Tacoma told officers he was pulling out the driveway of his home on Berwyn Road off Reagan Road just before 6 a.m. when he “felt the front wheel jerk,” said San Diego police Sgt. Jim Reschke. He continued to back up and had gone about 12 feet when he saw the man on the concrete and realized it was his friend, Reschke said. The 23-year-old victim was drunk and had passed out, Reschke said. He had been curled up on his side and the front passenger tire rolled over his back and chest leaving tire marks on him, Reschke said. The man was alert and talking after the accident and was taken to a hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown, police said.
SAN DIEGO — A Southcrest couple is grappling with the tragic death of their toddler son, who ran into the path of a garbage truck driving past their home Friday. He was identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Jovani Louangxaysongxham, who was a month shy of his third birthday. Jovani’s mother was trying to put him and an older sibling into a vehicle parked in the driveway of their home on 43rd Street and Keeler Avenue about noon when the child spotted his father across the busy road, said San Diego police Lt. Ken Hubbs. Jovani began to run across the street to greet him, straight into the path of an Allied Waste Services truck that was moving at a slow rate of speed north on 43rd. A passenger in the truck alerted the driver, who was unable to swerve or stop in time, Hubbs said. Jovani went under the vehicle and was struck by its rear wheels. He died at the scene. Moments later, the boy’s father and uncle tried attacking the truck’s driver, forcing an officer to intervene, police said. The uncle then punched the officer in the head and knocked him unconscious. The uncle was arrested. Riashe Rodriguez and her mother were driving home when they came upon the crash scene and saw the violent encounter. “The father was hitting the dump truck and the cops tried to control him,” Rodriguez, 17, said. “They finally got him away and his brother got mad too and the cops started fighting with him.” The officer was taken to the hospital and treated for a head injury and a gash over his left eye. Neighbors and family members consoled Jovani’s mother, who watched the aftermath from the front porch of the one-story home. The road was closed for several hours as firefighters worked to recover the body from beneath the 50,000-pound truck, loaded with about nine tons of garbage. Crews used two 70-ton air bags stacked on top of one another to lift the rear of the truck three inches off the ground to free the remains, said Adam Villaescusa, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department engineer.
SAN DIEGO — A 5-year-old boy died Sunday night in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego after drowning in a pool, San Diego police said. The incident was reported at about 7 p.m. Police did not know how long the child had been in the pool at the single-family home. Paramedics tried to resuscitate the boy without success. A police spokesman did immediately have details about how the child got into the pool or who else was around at the time of the incident.
SAN DIEGO — A 22-year-old pedestrian was injured in Torrey Pines Sunday night after she was run down by a bicyclist who did not stop. The woman was walking her dog east on Carmel Valley Road near Caminto Del Barco about 9:00 p.m. when she was struck from behind and knocked to the ground, San Diego police Detective Dan Wall said. The victim got up and went home but later went to a hospital where it was determined she suffered a double skull fracture, Wall said. Police were called to the hospital about 1 a.m., Wall said. The woman was unable to provide a description of the bicycle or its rider. Police originally said she was walking at 1:10 a.m.
ESCONDIDO — A man was killed and his wife was injured early Tuesday when they were thrown from their motorcycle after running into a barbecue that had fallen onto a North County freeway. he couple, identified as David Jensen, 49, and Bernadine Jensen, 52, of Lakeside, were heading south on Interstate 15 just north of Via Rancho Parkway on a 2005 Harley-Davidson about 12:35 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Newbury. They were traveling in the fast lane when they struck the barbecue, which had fallen off a vehicle. “They drove right into it,” Newbury said. The impact sent the grill rolling into one of the middle lanes, where it was hit by 2008 Toyota Prius being driven by a 31-year-old Carlsbad woman, authorities said. The car hit the barbecue and then struck David Jensen, Newbury said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife suffered a broken left ankle and other injuries and was taken to a hospital, Newbury said. The driver of the Toyota stopped. Officers are investigating and will determine if there were any witnesses who saw the barbecue come off the vehicle, Newbury said. If that driver can be located and it can be proved that the driver was aware that something fell out of the vehicle, the motorist could face criminal charges or be held civilly liable. According to state law, the only thing that can legally come off a moving vehicle is water and bird feathers, Newbury said. All southbound lanes of the freeway were shut down until the early morning hours.
CARLSBAD — A 22-year-old bicyclist was hit and injured Monday night. The rider was traveling east in the bike lane on Cannon Road near Hemingway Drive about 11:30 p.m. when he was struck by a driver in a pickup, Carlsbad police said. The man suffered a head wound and a possible broken leg and was hospitalized, police said. The driver of the truck stopped. There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, police said. The driver was not cited, however charges may be filed at a later date, police said.
SAN DIEGO — A traffic alert has been lifted for northbound state Route 163 after an accident involving four vehicles blocked three freeway lanes. The vehicles, which crashed on SR-163 at Friars Road at 6:49a.m., have been cleared and traffic is back to normal, the California Highway Patrol said.