A California man who was accidentally struck by a vehicle driven by legendary rock musician David Crosby is recovering from his injuries at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, according to John Palminteri, writing for the TV station KEYT.com. The accident happened on Sunday evening, as Crosby drove his black 2015 Tesla on a rural road in Santa Ynez, Palminteri writes.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Clotworthy said Crosby, who is 73, had been driving at about 50 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone, writes Paul Vercammen for CNN. Clotworthy said the jogger and Crosby were on the same side of the road.
The jogger, Jose Jimenez, 46, was propelled forward, “landing hard,” and suffered multiple fractures, abrasions, and lacerations, KEYT writes. He was brought to the hospital via airlift, and his injuries are not considered life-threatening. At the time of the accident, Jimenez was with his son, who was not injured, KEYT writes.
‘Mr. Crosby was cooperative with authorities and he was not impaired or intoxicated in any way. Mr. Crosby did not see the jogger because of the sun,’ said Clotworthy.
KEYT quotes a local resident named Pete Ganvini who said that at this time of year, the sun can set directly facing oncoming traffic. Ganvini said the strip of roadway was a dangerous place for a person to be jogging for that reason. The CHP warned that both pedestrians and joggers “need to be on the side of the road facing traffic so they can see the vehicles and get out of the way if they are in danger,” KEYT writes.
Michael Jensen, Crosby’s public relations manager, issued a statement Monday evening saying “David Crosby is obviously very upset that he accidentally hit anyone,” KEYT writes. Crosby wishes the jogger a very speedy recovery, Jensen added. A guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Crosby was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Byrds and as a member of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
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