Iconic musician David Crosby struck and injured a jogger in Santa Ynez Valley on March 21. Authorities said the incident took place on Baseline Avenue near Mora Street, which is close to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s home.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a 46-year-old man was jogging westbound on the roadway with his son when Crosby’s black 2015 Tesla hit him. The victim was pushed forward and fell to the ground, suffering multiple lacerations, abrasions and fractures. He was transported to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara with injuries that were believed to be non-life-threatening. His son was not injured.
Crosby was reportedly driving at 55 mph at the time of the crash, which is the legal speed limit. He told investigators he was momentarily blinded by the sun and did not see the jogger. He immediately pulled over and offered assistance to the victim. Authorities said he was not driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Residents of the area said that portion of the roadway is known for sun glare at this time of year. A representative of the CHP said joggers and pedestrians should face oncoming traffic in order to avoid danger.
A pedestrian hit by a car could potentially face weeks or months of difficult recovery time. Some injuries, such as to the brain or spine, could even leave a victim permanently disabled. Anyone hurt in such an accident may file a civil lawsuit against the driver that hit them even if police choose not to file charges in the case. With the aid of an attorney, a victim could attempt to prove that the driver’s negligence was responsible for their injuries. A successful claim could bring needed financial compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages.
Source: KEYT, “Musician David Crosby Injures Jogger in Santa Ynez Valley Vehicle Accident,” John Palminteri, March 25, 2015