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Man, 90, riding motorized scooter is fatally injured in La Jolla crash

San Diego police closed part of La Jolla Boulevard on June 11 to investigate a crash in which a man was fatally injured.
San Diego police closed part of La Jolla Boulevard in La Jolla on June 11 to investigate a crash in which a man was fatally injured.
(Courtesy of James Rudolph)

A 90-year-old man riding a seated motorized scooter was hit and killed by a car June 11 in La Jolla.

The crash occurred in the 6600 block of La Jolla Boulevard near Rosemont Street around 4:30 p.m., according to San Diego police Officer Robert Heims.

The driver of the car, an 80-year-old woman, was traveling north on La Jolla Boulevard when the crash happened, Heims said. Further details were not immediately available.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the car remained at the scene.

Police investigate a crash on La Jolla Boulevard that killed a 90-year-old man riding a seated motorized scooter.
Police investigate the scene of a crash June 11 in the 6600 block of La Jolla Boulevard that killed a 90-year-old man riding a seated motorized scooter.
(Courtesy of James Rudolph)

Police closed La Jolla Boulevard up to Playa del Norte Street while they investigated the crash.

The Police Department said around 7:15 p.m. that the road had reopened.

“Tragedy strikes despite the safe street measures in place,” said San Diego City Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla. “Pedestrian safety at that intersection has been improved over the years — crosswalk signals, continental crosswalk striping and a 25 mph speed limit. As the investigation into this incident continues, my office will continue to monitor all La Jolla intersections and streets as we strive to make them safe for all users.”

Four months ago, another senior citizen was hit and fatally injured by a car on a La Jolla street.

A 70-year-old man was struck as he walked across the 2500 block of Torrey Pines Road a little east of La Jolla Parkway around 6 p.m. Feb. 14.

A 2012 Toyota Camry driven by a 40-year-old woman was heading east up Torrey Pines Road when it struck the pedestrian, police reported. Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where he died.

— La Jolla Light Editor Rob Vardon contributed to this report.