OCEANSIDE–A pedestrian died Tuesday after he was struck by a vehicle fleeing the scene of a two-car collision in Oceanside, according to the Oceanside Police Department.
The collision occurred just after 10 p.m. on Douglas Drive and eastbound Mission Avenue.
Based on witness statements and physical evidence at the scene, a 2011 Chevy Silverado was traveling eastbound on Mission Ave. from El Camino Real at a high rate of speed. As the Chevy approached the intersection with Douglas Dr. it entered the intersection on a red light and collided with a Ford F150 traveling northbound on Douglas Dr. on a green light. After the two vehicles collided, the Chevy backed up and continued eastbound on Mission Ave. when it struck a 65-year-old male crossing in the crosswalk legally. The Chevy truck dragged the male approximately 50 yards down the street and continued without stopping. The pedestrian died at the scene.
As officers arrived on scene, they found the Chevy truck at Rancho Del Oro and Mission Ave. unoccupied. Witnesses told police the two occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot. Officers searched the area and found both occupants and they were taken into custody. The driver, 27-year-old Wesley Stuart of Oceanside, was later booked into Vista Detention Facility for vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI, and felony hit and run. The passenger was later released. The name of the deceased has not been released pending family notification. The family has already hired a boston car accident lawyer to work on the case.
The investigation is ongoing. The Oceanside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team conducted the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Accident Investigator Bussey at (760) 435-4412.