Oceanside police Cruiser
An Oceanside Police Cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

 Two people were killed after being struck by a car on Thanksgiving night in Oceanside, police said Friday.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Oceanside Boulevard near State Tree Drive, just west of Interstate 5, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

Oceanside officers were on the boulevard and came upon the accident, said Jennifer Atenza, an OPD spokeswoman.

According to an OPD news release, officers “attempted lifesaving measures but both pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene.”

The pedestrians were a white man and woman, both in their 40s, Atenza said. No further identification was available.

The victims were walking in the middle of the roadway and not using a designated crosswalk when the vehicle struck them, Atenza said.

Atenza added that the driver stopped immediately afterward, was cooperative and provided a statement. Because of nighttime conditions, the incident appears to have been accidental, Atenza said. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor, she added.

“This is tragic for everybody on all accounts,” the spokeswoman said, urging residents to use crosswalks for their safety.

Oceanside Boulevard from Goat Hill Drive to Interstate 5 was closed for several hours, but reopened overnight, according to police. An investigation was continuing.

Updated at 3:41 p.m. Nov. 25, 2022

— City News Service