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Homeless Man Struck By Sheriff's Department Squad Car In Old Town Temecula

The accident happened at 2:30 p.m. on Old Town Front Street, just south of Santiago Road, according to sheriff's officials.

A homeless man stepped in front of a Riverside County sheriff's deputy's patrol vehicle today in Temecula and was struck but not seriously hurt, authorities said.

The accident happened at 2:30 p.m. on Old Town Front Street, just south of Santiago Road, according to sheriff's officials.

[Click here to read about a separate incident in which a skateboarder was hit by a vehicle on Winchester Road Wednesday night.]

A deputy radioed that he was driving on the four-lane road when a transient unexpectedly walked in front of him. The speed at which the deputy was traveling at the time couldn't immediately be confirmed.

Neither the lawman or the victim was identified.

The latter apparently was able to get to his feet seconds after impact and said that he was not seriously injured, according to reports from the scene.

An ambulance was summoned so the man could be transported to a hospital for a more thorough medical examination. It was unknown whether he consented to treatment.

A sheriff's sergeant requested that the California Highway Patrol conduct an independent investigation of what happened, per sheriff's department policy.

There were several witness to the accident, according to the deputy.

Andy November 09, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Until Temecula plans better and fixes its roadways, expect more news stories like this and the one about the skateboarder.
Andy November 09, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Yep, unfortunately the price we pay for this poor planning is a lower quality of life, court cases / lawsuits, injury, and occasionally death. I realize Temecula is a growing city... but the city counsel's planning is quickly reducing the quality of life here even compared to 5 years ago. I miss driving in Temecula in the past, it was actually fun with all the scenery we have. There is definite and obvious room for "improvement". Menifee was smart to put an MSJC campus there. As much as we pride ourselves here for our education, I think a local college here would be nice too (when our budget is better balanced and we have less debt, lol). I do not have a facebook :/ but I will "friend" you on here. Thank you for your words Linda.
Gandhi November 09, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Actually Andy, we are no longer a "growing city", we're built out! So there is no excuse for the problems we face daily, its just poor planning and the gullible voters swallowed it hook, link and sinker, as usual. We definitely dont need that damn gravel pit they plan on shoving down out throats next to us!! WE dont need the gravel here, as I said, WE'RE BUILT OUT. Why should WE have to suffer so they can truck gravel to another city or county? Thanks Andy, I hesitate to give my name out, but frankly, I have nothing to hide or be ashamed of, I speak the truth, and the only time I speak harshly to someone is when they ask for it be being mean, nasty, rude and ignorant themselves. Yes, a local college is one of the points I brought up to Mike Naggar on his website, just before he "blocked" me from there, guess he didnt have legitimate answers to my legitimate questions and didnt want the public to see what he really is....oh well, there will be another election. I came to this area and bought land back in 1983, then my ex and I built our own house out there on five acres, it was so nice then, we didnt even have traffic lights, didnt need them, I remember the first stop sign that went in, and also the 15 was just going through!! Wish I had bought more land back then and hung onto it! ;)
Andy November 09, 2012 at 11:19 PM
"Actually Andy, we are no longer a "growing city", we're built out!". Yep you're right, I stand corrected lol. Although our city counsel seems to be on a bit of a high horse, I believe if citizens can make these concerns a big enough issue, they will have to listen. How many times have you heard residents here complain about this issue? I think most of the public here shares our views on the matter. I am curious if others on this site think the city should devote more of their resources to better planning with our roads and infrastructure. Share your views.
Andy November 09, 2012 at 11:25 PM
You cannot argue to just simply hire more police. There are plenty of cops here doing just fine policing traffic and car accidents. Hiring a bunch more for this purpose is putting a "band-aid" on the problem and the results will not be significant. The issue here has to do with planning / roads.
devonsmith372 November 09, 2012 at 11:30 PM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM. They have no place here.
5150 November 09, 2012 at 11:41 PM
The fool was probly drunk
Gandhi November 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Yeah, you're probably right 5150, lotsa cops do drink and drive.
Gandhi November 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Well, unfortunately Andy, the uneducated majority spoke with their votes when they re-elected Naggar and Washington. I never seem to notice any cops at the major intersections getting red light runners do you? Strange.
David Shisler November 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Hay Rick Jones, how fast do you drive in this area, S/B on Front Street south of Santiago Road? What would you consider a safe speed before someone unexpectedly steps out in front of you, the officer immediately swerved and still clipped him. The Press-Enterprise states he was going about 30 mph when this went down, what would your speed have been prior to this person stepping out? JUst would like to know.
Temecula Sunshine November 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Rick, some basic math for you. A vehicle traveling the speed limit in a 40MPH zone during daylight hours is obeying the basic speed law. That is roughly 60 feet per second. A person steps into the roadway within 100 feet. The driver, even with fast reflexes, CANNOT react faster than about 1 second. Let's say it takes 1 second and the driver brakes. The person who steps into the roadway WILL be struck, because braking distance is 80 feet at that accepted and SAFE speed. The pedestrian's safety was not endangered by the speed of the vehicle, but by his own actions in entering the roadway. The same is true for a vehicle pulling into traffic suddenly with a vehicle approaching. The speed is not what creates the danger, it is the actions of the other party. Do you understand the difference?
Andy November 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I do sometimes, but not in comparison to how many light runners there are. Again, I think the issue has to do more with the roads and we would see less traffic violations if they were better and traffic wasn't so bad. Traffic issues would be reduced with better roadways. That is fact.
David Shisler November 10, 2012 at 01:00 AM
There is no way to plan roads for these types of accidents, they happen everywhere. This guy unfortunately stepped out in front of a vehicle that was so close the driver was unable to avoid him, the skateboarder crossing traffic, not at an intersection, at night when dark on a six lane roadway, what was he thinking? These types of accidents happen on city street everywhere, not just in Temecula.
On the right side November 10, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Gardner, chill out. Read what YOU wrote and tell me you're in control. LOL
Andy November 10, 2012 at 09:11 AM
@David : Accidents happen everywhere, but not the rate they are happening lately in Temecula. You know it's bad when the city is starting to issue statements like this : http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/temecula-councilman-urges-motorists-to-slow-down/article_9778e1db-04fc-503d-9023-79eaf554eb78.html . You cannot argue that a pretty populated city with crammed, poorly designed roads is not at risk for more accidents and traffic jams. A lack of good public transportation does not help either. Looks like the city is starting to panic a little.
censored messenger November 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM
If we erected cheap tent prisons out in the desert like in Maricopa Country AZ? We could bust homeless/zombies for vagrancy and take them there to be treated housed and fed, permanently if necessary. The other criminals can work building a permanent prison with slave labor--no unions. It works for Arizona and it will work to clean vermin out of Old Town where they are a nuisance
Michael November 11, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Andy, about the waterpark. The city knows we have the worst off ramps in SoCal its been voted or something I don't know. There is a reason why they are building another off ramp so the car accidents that happen everyday on the freeway don't happen. Have you noticed the construction for the off ramp going on. Oh and look what a surprise! It's right next to where the water park is going to be. EVERY CITY HAS BAD TRAFFIC. Deal with it. And the city is trying there best to fix it. Which is why they have a new off ramp, they are fixing the winchester off ramp and after that, they are building a new off ramp for Temecula Pkwy. I think most of the traffic is that stupid casino. It's the largest casino in California in like the smallest city in California. So then you get a bunch of tourist flocking to the Largest Casino you can find until vegas to a city that's smaller than rhode island. So don't blame it all on Temecula (yes, some of it is Temecula's) but the Indians are allowed to build Casino's on their property so some of the blame goes to the Indians.
Gandhi November 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
@censored messenger - wish I could "censor" YOU! You're the only vermin around this town evidenced by your nasty accusations of people who you judge and condemn without even knowing. I'd like to bus YOU to a tent city in Arizona - no, make that Siberia!! Jerk.
Andy November 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM
@censored messenger - I am glad to see somebody with your ideals so honest and straight forward. Really, I am! It's nice that your heart is filled with a deep sense of compassion for others. I am sure you would love to lock up the homeless, considering 1/4 - 1/3 are veterans who fought and served for our country, with another 20-40% having a "severe mental disorder" - mainly schizophrenia. Judging by your sociopathic, hate filled rants, you'll probably end up at a "tent city" one day - for committing a violent crime against one of these "nuisance" people. I truly believe you are mentally ill, sick person, far more than any of the homeless. Get help before you harm yourself or someone else!
Gandhi November 12, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Hey "high five" Andy! ;) Censored messenger is obviously a brainwashed kid spouting propaganda he heard from his daddy, and doesnt yet understand the full ramifications of what he is actually stating - hopefully wisdom will come with age in this case.
censored messenger November 12, 2012 at 01:28 AM
you might find homeless lurkers quaint and harmless, a conversation piece while you drink your microbrew and show off your Harley your tats/tits but I call these smelly bums panhandlers and loiterers and vagrants and there is a place out in the desert called Slab City that is free of police cruisers and transients gather there in safety. Next we will end that corrupt exemption on Harley exhaust noise and get you "heck's angels" posers to buy huge mufflers if you want to put-put in our city..
Gandhi November 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Wow. You're the type I'd be worried about with any type of weapons, exactly the type! What are you rambling on about here anyway? I dont think anybody can see any faint connection here, something about Harleys???? I dont recall anybody discussing motorcycles on here......? "Lurkers"??, alrightee then, you are one strange dude!!
Andy November 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Who is your supplier? Rush Limbaugh? Cindy McCain? Noelle Bush? Or are you just a doctor shopper? lol...
Andy November 12, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Hi censored. I am happy to wake up this morning and see your reply, even in your noticeably "unglued" state of mind. How are you today? Hope your head is okay, it is only Monday. Need to feel good for work, right? Gotta work hard so you keep those "welfare bums" alive and mooching off of you. I hope your system is clean this morning, within range of "legal limits". I would not happy to read a patch article about a 300 pound 53 year old male in a lifted truck arrested for vehicular manslaughter of homeless and Mexicans while high on oxycontin and drunk. Please, continue your rants. They are "quality entertainment".
Andy November 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Yeah blame the Indians for the city's poor planning... lol.
Andy November 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The ramp is only a few years past due... lol...
Andy November 12, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Pechanga pays the city in tax $ for the traffic problems they create. Where is all that tax $ going? I think you also forgot about all the traffic in Old Town and at the Mall.
censored messenger November 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
My brother is a disabled vet, he gets a fat check every month and in no way has to put a flag on his wheelchair and display himself at Old Town for pity and/or good cheer....You don't have to be a peacock to be proud..
Andy November 12, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I am sure you are the type that would walk into Camp Pendleton and tell all the troops with PTSD to "man up".
cc November 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM
first of all i cant believe how these comments have gone into a whole different angle then what the article is about. i was there and he wasn't paying attention, it was a total accident and he was not hurt except he was pretty scraped up. he refused to go to hospital and was walking around. he wasn't acting like he was drunk or on drugs, he was actually a nice person. If he chooses to get medical attention later his medical will be covered

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