Man Hit, Killed by Car After Leaving Vehicle to Fetch Flower

A man has died in California after he was hit by a vehicle while trying to retrieve a flower by the side of the road.

The man, who hasn't been identified, was pronounced dead following the accident in Encinitas on Sunday afternoon,

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said deputies from the North Coastal Sheriff's Station and the Encinitas Fire Department responded to a traffic collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian on Piraeus Street near Normandy Road at around 4 p.m. on May 8.

The collision occurred after the man pulled over in the south bound bicycle lane of Piraeus Street. He then got out of the vehicle and crossed over the south and north bound lanes onto the east shoulder of Piraeus Street to retrieve a flower, San Diego County Sheriff Department's Sgt. William Clem said in a statement.

The man was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he headed back west from the shoulder into the northbound lanes of traffic.

He was then taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital for treatment for his injuries, where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the man trying to retrieve the flower wasn't injured.

"At this time, alcohol and/or drugs are not a factor in the collision," Carr said.

The North Coastal Sheriff's Traffic Division is handling the investigation. The department has been contacted for further comment.

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call the Encinitas Traffic Division at (760) 966-3500.

There was another major road incident in April. Nine people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash as officers were chasing a suspect through Encinitas.

The crash occurred as California Highway Patrol were in pursuit of a high-speed driver who had gone through a red light and made an illegal turn.

The Nissan Sentra then made a turn into an intersection northbound Via Cantebria, where it collided with two other vehicles.

The 19-year-old suspect, along with his five passengers, and the drivers and passengers of the other vehicles received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash.

The Nissan driver was arrested on suspicion of reckless evading of a police officer.
One local resident described the collision to NBC 7.

"We heard a big crash and I told my son, 'I think something happened by the apartments' because we heard the big bang and after a while we heard more sirens," said Mauricio Manncilla. "Then, my wife called me what just happened."

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A file photo of a motorist driving between flowers. David McNew/Getty Images