SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - A jogger was airlifted to the hospital after he was hit and injured by a vehicle driven by legendary musician David Crosby Sunday in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The accident occurred on Baseline Avenue near Mora St.
Jesus Gildardo-LuQuin Jimenez, 46, was jogging westbound on Baseline when he was struck by a 2015 Black Tesla driven by Crosby, according to the California Highway Patrol. Crosby's vehicle was travelling at 55 miles an hour, which is the posted speed on the road. Jimenez was with his son at the time who was not injured.
Jimenez was "propelled" forward and landed hard suffering multiple fractures, abrasions and lacerations. He was airlifted to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, but his injuries were not considered life threatening.
In a statement issued early Monday evening, Crosby's Public Relations Manager Michael Jensen said, "David Crosby is obviously very upset that he accidentally hit anyone. And, based off of initial reports, he is relieved that the injuries to the gentleman were not life threatening. He wishes the jogger a very speedy recovery."Listen to David Crosby's 911 Call
CHP investigators said Crosby may have been unable to see Jiminez in the roadway because of sun glare, and stopped immediately to offer aid following the accident. "The sun was in his eyes at that particular part of the roadway and he did not see a pedestrian that was in the roadway - on the right half of the roadway as he approached. The gentleman was jogging and his right front struck the jogger which propelled him off to the right side of the road,"said Sgt. Don Clotworthy with the
California Highway Patrol. That road shoulder has dirt and grass and borders ranch property.
The CHP says the musician was not impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Local resident Pete Ganvini stopped by the scene Monday and said the sun can set directly in the sky facing oncoming traffic this time of year. " If you don't have sunglasses or a visor it is impossible to see what's going on. This is a dangerous area. It is just not a good spot to be jogging," he said.
Ganvini also said Crosby uses that road often and he's seen him driving "slowly" on many occasions.
The CHP says 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. He also said Baseline Ave. is a shared road for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Crosby was very near his home in Santa Ynez at the time of the accident. The two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is a long-time resident of the Santa Ynez Valley.