Jun 30, 2023

Woman electrocuted after car crashes into Electrical box

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SAN DIEGO — A 22-year-old female attempted to push a vehicle off of an electrical box after a collision was electrocuted, police said.

"We were unable to make access to the patient inside the vehicle because the power was active and they were being electrocuted as we showed up," San Diego Fire Department, Battalion Chief Oscar Rodriguez said.

The woman was a passenger in a 2014 Kia Forte that was traveling southbound on 1300 Euclid Ave. in the Ridgeview/Webster neighborhood at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Officer D. O'Brien of the San Diego Police Department.

The Kia veered to the right, drove over the sidewalk and struck an electrical box. The driver, a 31-year-old woman, and the passenger both exited the vehicle.

"The passenger attempted to push the vehicle off of the electrical box and was electrocuted," police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of minor electrical burns. Police said her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The victim's name has not been released.

Some neighbors said they lost power after the crash.

"First our electricity went off and we were wondering what was going on so we got up and we were looking and we saw flashing lights through the window and I happen to go outside to check and saw police cars," Resident Leonard Flagg said.

SDG&E provided the following: SDG&E extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the individuals affected by last night’s tragic accident. We are working with public safety agencies to investigate what happened, and we urge everyone to follow these safety tips in the event of a vehicle accident involving electrical equipment:

The SDPD Traffic Division is handling the investigation into the accident.