The Chula Vista Police Department is making sure hundreds of south bay students have what they need to feel confident this year.
CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A woman was killed when she stepped out of her boyfriend’s car onto a Chula Vista street and was struck by a passing vehicle, authorities said Saturday.
Kids get new kicks at Chula Vista Police shoes and socks giveaway
Officers helped students pick out a brand new pair of shoes at their annual School Resource Officer Non-Profit Shoes and Socks Giveaway.
Police said the woman had been in the car, when for an unknown reason, she got out the vehicle and stepped into the roadway and was hit by the passing car.
This is the eighth year the department has teamed up with Payless Shoe Source at the Chula Vista Shopping Center.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the woman stayed at the scene and he was later taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Parent of four, Adriana Galindo, says “this is our third year doing this… the kids get excited every time they get the invitation.”
Police were called about 7:45 p.m. Friday to the scene on H Street near the Jacob Dekama (805) Freeway, according to the Chula Vista Police Department.
With every new school year, some students aren’t as fortunate as others to get new school clothes. Resource officers at different Chula Vista school handpicked students that might be in need.
Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy says the main focus of the event is to help students focus on their studies in school and less on their attire.
“If we can do anything to build their confidence and [for them] to see law enforcement in a different light, we’re all winning in this situation," Kennedy said.
The driver remained at the scene and has been cooperative, police said. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Video: Radar speed sign posted after Chula Vista crash
The Chula Vista Police Department was able to gift 475 students with a new pair of shoes. The funds were donated from members of the community.
After a number of calls to the Chula Vista Police Department from 10News, small improvements have been made to keep drivers safe. A radar speed sign now sits in the median of Olympic Parkway between Brandywine Avenue and Heritage Road.
“People tend to speed up on Olympic Parkway, that’s definitely an issue,” says Acosta.
The radar sign appeared after a number of crashes in the area. The most recent crash was Sunday, where a teen lost control of the car and hit a pole.
The long stretch of road between Brandywine Avenue and Heritage Road have now street lights or stop signs.
Acosta says he doesn’t blame the city of Chula Vista or the police department for the crashes or speeding drivers.
“I think they’re doing their job, the community just needs to be responsible and not speed," Acosta said.
Video: Police handing out shoes to students
10News reached out to the traffic division of the Chula Vista Police Department to find out if they are increasing patrols or doing more in the area to decrease speeds. We are still waiting to hear back.