From a new report, a driver crashed his vehicle through a sidewalk homeless encampment last Monday in downtown San Diego, where three people were killed and six others were injured.
The driver was charged with manslaughter after using his vehicle to kill 3 people in downtown San Diego
David Nisleit, who happens to be the San Diego Police Chief, revealed that 71-year-old Craig Voss was driving his Volvo station wagon through a tunnel underneath a community college campus when he moved his vehicle up on the sidewalk around 9 am.
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The man was arrested at the scene of the accident. Voss is set to face 3 counts of vehicular manslaughter, a felony DUI and 5 counts of inflicting great bodily harm. The Police Chief also disclosed that the driver was taken in for a field sobriety test, which was carried out by a drug recognition expert. The police are yet to reveal the outcome of the test on whether Voss was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, he said the driver might be facing additional charges.
The 71-year-old Voss was arrested by police at the scene of the crash
Mayor Todd Gloria disclosed that the people that were involved in this unfortunate crash were homeless. The mayor pointed out the fact that they weren’t supposed to be on the street if they had somewhere to go. According to the statement, it speaks against people using the street as their homes.
Watch the video for more info on the San Diego incident.
Driver faces Vehicle manslaughter charges in San Diego car accident killing 3 and injured 6 others
Three of the people hit by this vehicle lost their lives right on the spot, while five of the six injured people were taken quickly to the hospital for treatment. Two are presently in critical condition. Nisleit further said that the driver after hitting people got out of the car to assist the victims before turning himself in to the police. Contrary to the popular opinion that he fled, the police revealed that he was cooperative and wasn’t trying to resist arrest.
The recent road crash is an eye opener to the state of homeless people in California, where their tents are lined up on downtown sidewalks and also close to the ramp where cars accelerate as they enter the highway. Over 150,000 people are homeless in the US and the number has gone upward due to the advent of the deadly coronavirus.