Deputy Runs into Homeless Man on Temecula Road

TEMECULA – 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.

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.

One Response to "Deputy Runs into Homeless Man on Temecula Road"

  1. Resident   November 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

    How fast was the car going? He / She had all of the light of the day to see ANYONE step in front of him or her.
    The fact that a pedestrian was hit by an officer of the law doesn’t mean that they have any excuse that a "normal" citizen driving down the same street in the same situation could use to get out of being at fault for hitting this pedestrian.
    Also, why do they emphasis that the PEDESTRIAN is a transient??? Does that change anything? Times are tough, and a lot of people are homeless in this economy. It could have been a former law enforcement employee for all we know.
    (Just saying)


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