A retired teacher visiting San Diego from Illinois died over the weekend after falling out of a pedicab at the 100 block of Harbor in San Diego’s Marina District. Sixty-year-old Sharon Miller was participating the National Education Conference when she and another participant decided to take a pedicab ride on Saturday. At about 11:30 a.m. the driver of the pedi-cab began serving back and forth, causing Ms. Miller fall out and strike her head.
Ms. Miller was taken to UCSD Medical Center and diagnosed with a closed-head injury. She was placed on a ventilator and pronounced brain dead at approximately 6:15 p.m. that evening.
Police are still investigating the accident, and have not yet confirmed the cause.
UPDATE: Police are reportedly investigating the 23-year-old pedicab driver and contemplating manslaughter charges for his role in the death of Ms. Miller. The pedicab driver is from Turkey and here in the US on a work visa. According to witnesses, he was driving the pedicab with Ms. Miller in back in an area marked for pedestrians. One witness said he was driving in an “unsafe manner.”
UPDATE II: The pedicab story has taken on a life of its own. San Diego officials are now proposing new rules regarding the operation of pedicabs (a little late, don’t you think?), the driver of the pedicab that claimed Ms. Miller’s life was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Sukru Safa Cinar, from Turkey, was taken into custody and faces up to four years in prison.