Car rolls over and strikes blind pedestrian in Orange County


A compact car rolled over onto a 46-year-old blind pedestrian after a collision in Costa Mesa, police said Thursday.

The pedestrian, an Irvine resident, was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police responded to a collision at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Santa Ana Avenue and East 17th Street after a Toyota Sequoia sport utility vehicle turned left in front of a Honda Civic, causing the Honda to roll over onto the pedestrian, who was standing at the southwest corner, according to a release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.


Both drivers had a green light, police said.

The Sequoia’s driver, James Dickens, 76, of Corona, complained of pain to his left wrist and was taken to Hoag Hospital, according to police.

The Civic’s driver, Kaitlyn Wetzel, 21, of Costa Mesa, complained of pain to her right knee and was released at the scene, police said.

The collision remains under investigation. Police ask that anyone with information contact traffic investigator Darren Wood at (714) 754-5264.


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Williams writes for Times Community News.