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Three people are killed when a car hits nine people in a homeless camp in San Diego.

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Three people are killed when a car hits nine people in a homeless camp in San Diego.
Three people are killed when a car hits nine people in a homeless camp in San Diego.

Three people are killed when a car hits nine people in a homeless camp in San Diego.

 

Authorities say a car plowed into a sidewalk homeless encampment in downtown San Diego on Monday, killing three people and injuring six others.

Craig Voss, 71, was driving his Volvo station wagon up on the sidewalk shortly after 9 a.m., according to San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, as he was passing through a tunnel under a community college campus.

Voss was apprehended on the spot. Nisleit said Voss underwent a field sobriety test by a drug recognition specialist and faces three counts of vehicular manslaughter, five counts of causing serious bodily harm, and a felony DUI. He didn’t say if Voss was under the influence of alcohol or any drug, and he didn’t say if he was. He hinted that further charges could be forthcoming.

It was uncertain if Voss had retained the services of a lawyer who might act on his behalf.

The fatal accident shows the inherent dangers that the homeless face in California, where their tents and tarps line not only downtown sidewalks but also along freeway exit ramps.

About 150,000 people are homeless throughout the state. During the coronavirus pandemic, which has thrown the economy into disarray, the number has risen.

Most, if not all, of the nine people who were hit were homeless, according to Mayor Todd Gloria.

Gloria explained, “They were there because they thought they had nowhere else to go.” “This morning’s crash didn’t have to be so serious. “A street is not a home,” I’ll say emphatically.

Three people were killed on the spot. Five of the other six people who were hurt were taken to the hospital. Two of the people were in critical condition. Both were “awake, alert, and answering questions,” according to San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell.

The encampment had been there for a while, according to the mayor, who took office in December. On a rainy Monday, more people may have visited the short tunnel beneath the San Diego City College campus because the cement bridge provided shelter.

On a typical weekday morning, the area is bustling with students, but during the coronavirus pandemic, classes have been held online.

Gloria stated that the city must take immediate action to address its homeless problem, and that it would begin by providing shelter to the other homeless people who were in the tunnel but escaped injury on Monday. Only a few people agreed. In addition, the city sent mental health providers to assist.

“We want to make sure that their deaths were not in vain,” Gloria said of the victims.

He did say, however, that the city’s shelters are running out of beds, and he promised to speak to state and federal officials to get more assistance, calling the current situation “inacceptable.”

“It is neither humane nor safe to continue to encourage our unsheltered neighbors to sleep under bridges, alleys, or canyons,” he said.

Lisa Brotzman said she was peering out of a window in her tent just as the car swerved to the right shoulder, “spun out of control” and jumped onto the pavement in the tunnel where people were waiting out the rain.

“Someone was crying, ‘Ahhh! Ahhhh!’” The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Brotzman as saying. “There were two or three people crying and shouting. It was terrifying.”

Before identifying himself to police, the driver got out of his car and attempted to assist others, according to Nisleit.

“He was compliant (and) did not attempt to escape,” the chief said, rebutting police claims that he had attempted to flee.

The scene was attended by ambulances, five fire engines, a helicopter, and more than 60 first responders.

The fire chief said, “Our crews discovered, evidently, a catastrophic incident under the bridge.”

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The Miami Dolphins showed their midseason momentum is real and displayed what can become of the young Alabama connection of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receiver Jaylen Waddle.

In a key game to determine if the Dolphins could legitimately swing their sudden surge into a reinsertion in the AFC playoff conversation, they responded. Clicking on all cylinders in a 33-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami won its fourth consecutive game.

The Dolphins, after starting 1-7, now find themselves at 5-7 with home games against the lowly New York Giants (4-7) and Jets (3-8) on the horizon and a path to getting back to .500 looking more and more realistic, especially after demoralizing the Panthers (5-7).

Tagovailoa completed just under 90 percent of his passes, going 27 of 31 for 230 yards and a touchdown. More than half of that passing yardage went to Waddle, the rookie wideout who finished with nine receptions for 137 yards and the touchdown. It all came against a Carolina pass defense that entered Sunday ranked No. 1 in the NFL.

The Dolphins defense held the Panthers to pedestrian numbers. Starting quarterback Cam Newton was 5 of 21 for 92 yards, two interceptions and a rushing touchdown. Star running back Christian McCaffrey was held to 35 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Miami finished outgaining the Carolina, 315-198. The Dolphins held the Panthers to 4 of 12 on third downs, forced three turnovers on defense and even scored on special teams.

A pair of second-quarter touchdowns gave the Dolphins a 21-7 lead. First, Waddle caught a 9-yard touchdown from Tagovailoa that followed an interception and return into the red zone by cornerback Xavien Howard.

Later in the half, Waddle’s 57-yard catch and run over the middle from Tagovailoa eventually set up running back Myles Gaskin to score on a direct snap for a 3-yard touchdown. It was one of two Gaskin rushing scores out of the Wildcat, adding on from 3 yards out again in the third quarter.

Before halftime, The Dolphins were in position to add to the two-touchdown lead, but it backfired when center Austin Reiter skipped a shotgun snap past Tagovailoa that Panthers linebacker Frankie Luvu recovered and ran the other way to the Miami 23-yard line. Receiver Isaiah Ford made a touchdown-saving tackle, but it left a second on the clock for a Zane Gonzalez 41-yard field goal. Miami led, 21-10, at halftime.

The Dolphins struck first on special teams when linebacker Duke Riley blocked a first-quarter punt deep in Panthers’ territory that cornerback Justin Coleman recovered for a touchdown. Riley also had a big third-down hit on Panthers receiver DJ Moore that forced the punt.

Carolina answered with a Newton 1-yard rushing touchdown that was set up by a long pass for 64 yards from Newton to Moore, who got open over the top on what appeared to be a miscommunication between Howard and fellow cornerback Byron Jones, both on the same side with no safety help.

Miami’s secondary recovered from there, intercepting Newton twice in the first half. Rookie safety Jevon Holland had the first one while Howard had the later one that set up the Waddle touchdown.

The Dolphins got to the Panthers’ 24-yard line on their opening possession, but former American Heritage High and FSU standout Brian Burns swooped past right tackle Jesse Davis for a strip-sack of Tagovailoa. Davis recovered the fumble, which was followed by a Michael Palardy punt to the Carolina 5-yard line before the Miami special teams score.

Aside from the Howard and Holland interceptions, cornerback Nik Needham had a diving interception late against Panthers backup quarterback PJ Walker. Jaelan Phillips had three sacks, and Emmanuel Ogbah and Christian Wilkins added one apiece.

Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders made a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, but he also missed an extra point off the upright.

Sunday’s game was only the seventh meeting all time between the Dolphins and Panthers. Carolina, a 1996 expansion franchise in the NFC, is Miami’s least-faced opponent in the NFL.

The Dolphins host the Giants next Sunday before their bye week.

This story will be updated.

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Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater exited Sunday’s game against the Chargers with a lower leg injury in the first quarter, and was replaced by Drew Lock.

Bridgewater was hurt when Los Angeles safety Derwin James came in untouched from the blind side to crunch Bridgewater as he threw. The play was initially ruled a strip-sack, but was later changed to an incomplete pass after further review.

Lock came in for Bridgewater the next play. After trainers examined Bridgewater on the sideline, he hobbled to the locker room. He was ruled questionable to return.

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