Elderly driver injured when vehicle strikes traffic signal pole

An 84-year-old Ramona man was taken by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center Tuesday afternoon after his vehicle struck a traffic signal pole at Main Street and Montecito Road, CHP reported.

The man was the sole occupant in the 2003 Ford Taurus and no other vehicles were involved in the accident, said CHP Public Information Officer Kevin Pearlstein.

According to reports, around 3 p.m., the driver pulled out of the Ramona Post Office parking lot, crossed Main Street and hit the signal pole on the northwest corner. Pearlstein said officers think he ran a red traffic light.

The 84-year-old had lacerations to his left hand, abrasions to the right side of his head, and pain to his right hip, reported Pearlstein. He was wearing a seatbelt, alcohol and drugs were not suspected, and while there was no damage to the pole, the car had  minor to moderate damage, the officer said.

   
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