Woman on bicycle struck by a hit-and-run motorist in Escondido around 7 p.m. Saturday
The woman was riding northbound on Broadway and was hit by a vehicle heading eastbound on Grand Avenue, said Officer Stephen Braucht of the Escondido Police Department.
A black Toyota Corolla struck the woman, then the sedan driver kept going east on Grand, police Lt. Ed Varso said. The woman was knocked unconscious. Varso had no description of the Corolla driver.
The vehicle never stopped and fled the scene. Police were dispatched to the location at 6:59 p.m Saturday and the bicyclist was rushed to Palomar Medical Center with serious injuries considered life-threatening, Braucht said.
Through their investigation, officers believe there may have been a possible witness who has further information regarding the hit-and-run motorist, he said.
Investigators from the department’s Traffic Division asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at (760) 743-8477.
14-year-old San Marcos boy fatally shot on usually quiet street
San Marcos murder scene.
An usually quiet San Marcos neighborhood was rocked Sunday with the news of the slaying of a local 14-year-old boy as San Diego Sheriff’s deputies continued looking for the killer or killers.
The teenager, who was not identified, was found collapsed on a sidewalk in the 3500 block of De Leone Road just before 11 p.m. Friday.
Witnesses reported hearing multiple gun shots around the intersection of De Leone and Hollencrest roads, according to 911 dispatchers. Callers said the victim stumbled a few steps, then collapsed on the sidewalk. He was mere blocks from his home.
“It’s very unfortunate,” one neighbor said to a local reporter. “I can’t believe it happened right in front of my house.” The neighbor said she found a bullet hole in her outside kitchen wall.
Paramedics preformed CPR at the scene. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he later died, according to the San Diego’s Sheriff’s Office.
The death is being investigated as a homicide. No further details were available at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Department at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. They also may remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
ESCONDIDO POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION
Escondido Police said today it got $309,726, to be precise, in the firm of a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Funds are intended for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.
“Traffic safety is a priority for the City of Escondido and the Police Department,” Escondido Police Craig Carter said. “I personally want to thank OTS for their continued partnership and support in reaching the goal of making our roads safer for our community.”
After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.
“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Escondido Police Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Escondido and the state.”
Activities that the grant will fund include:
DUI saturation patrols
Motorcycle safety enforcement
Distracted driving enforcement
Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement
Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement
Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders
Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A Camp Pendleton Fire Department dispatcher was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of distributing child porn, Escondido Police said.
William Francis Walsh
William Francis Walsh, 52, of Vista, was arrested without incident in the City of Vista by Escondido P.D. and members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, according to Escondido Police Lt. Greg Kogler. Walsh was transported and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
Police identified Walsh as actively importing and distributing known files of child pornography online to others, according to Kogler.
“Over the course of a week-long investigation,” Kogler said, “detectives acquired numerous videos of child pornography from WALSH, which were distributed online in violation of several criminal statutes.”
The arrest was a joint effort by the Escondido Police Department and the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, part of routinely conduct targeted, proactive investigations to seek out and prosecute those who sexually exploit children online, police said.
“In July, 2015 a search warrant was executed at Walsh’s residence where computer equipment related to the investigation was seized,” Kogler said.
“Subsequent forensic analysis of the equipment seized from Walsh’s residence was found to contain an extensive collection and history of child pornography images and videos downloaded and distributed electronically from the residence, including those acquired by investigators during the investigation,” Kogler said.
Walsh was arrested on suspicion of the following charges:
PC 311.1(a) Poss. of Child Pornography
PC 311.2(b) Distribution of Child Pornography
PC 311.3(a) Sexual Exploitation of a Child
PC 311.10(a) Advertising Child Pornography for Distribution
PC 311.11(c)(2)Matter Depicting Child Sexual Sadism/Masochism