Dr. Rose Marie Dishman, Governing Board vice president, drove her car over a sidewalk in Lot 1 and hit two cars parked opposite the embankment at 2:40 p.m. on April 24.
Two parking signs and several trees were knocked over during the accident, in addition to moderate damages to the front of two other cars. According to Dishman, the car lurched forward when she unintentionally placed her foot on the accelerator rather than the brake pedal. There were no injuries.
“I was sitting in my car during my break reading and board member Dishman— I just heard her hit the sign and I looked up and she hit the tree and it seemed like she hit both cars at the same time,” said Angie Valenzuela, owner of one of the cars hit. “My first thought was ‘I hope nobody’s hurt.’”
Campus Police were on scene within minutes to assess the situation. Facilities Department employees arrived soon after to remove the knocked over trees that were blocking Dishman’s car inside the embankment.
President Deegan came out to meet Dishman, and they left with two individuals from Health Services to check for injuries, the police not detaining Dishman. According to Laura Gropen, Palomar spokeswoman, Dishman was on campus for that evening’s Governing Board meeting.
According Gropen, alcohol was not being considered a factor in the accident. She added that she felt the situation was fortunate; had there been anyone walking by at the time, the crash could have had a far more serious outcome.