Hydrant hit on Pearl Street in La Jolla Friday afternoon causing street flooding


By Susan DeMaggio

A car driven by an elderly woman struck the fire hydrant at Draper and Pearl Streets about 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 in front of Copy Cove, sending a geyser shower over nearby pedestrians, businesses and motorists, and flooding Pearl Street with a swift river flowing to the ocean.

Police and fire responded within 10 minutes and the hydrant was closed by 3:50 p.m.

“I approached the car and got the woman out,” said Copy Cove employee Brianda Merillo. “She had no recollection of what just happened. The front end of her car was damaged and the hydrant was almost knocked into Copy Cove. I also called the storeowner. “

The motorist was not taken to the hospital, and remained on the scene for a while after the accident.

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