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Obscured sign might have contributed to tragic crash

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Investigators in Point Loma Tuesday revisited the scene of an accident that seriously injured a man and his 7-month-old son.

The man was pushing the baby in a stroller in a crosswalk on Canon Street Monday morning when they were hit by an SUV. Neighbors say the area is notoriously dangerous.

For hours Tuesday morning, San Diego traffic investigators took pictures and painstaking measurements at the scene.

Part of the investigation included police running an SUV down the same street at different speeds to help recreate what happened. One question: did tree branches block the driver's view of the street, or the sign warning the SUV driver there was a crosswalk coming up?

"Certainly we'll look at if there were any distractions such as cell phone involved, if sunlight was a factor, make sure if the injured parties were in the crosswalk. At this point we just don't know," SDPD Lt. Paul Connelly said.

Neighbors we spoke to say this crosswalk has been a problem for years.

"I've walked across it once or twice and it's something that even a quick person who's agile is going to have a difficult time. That traffic is coming fast and it's a blind corner," a resident said.

CBS News 8 photographer Vello Vanak found that out Monday as he crossed the street and a semi-truck blew by.

Charles Roberts lives in the area and knew it was just a matter of time before someone got hurt.

"When I saw all the activity here I pretty much assumed it was a pedestrian. People come into here and there's a crazy amount of traffic... they cut off here and it's like an onramp to a freeway," Roberts said.

And because of that, he won't let his daughter anywhere near the crosswalk.

"We don't cross at this intersection because of that. We go further down and cross at the next intersection, or we cross right here where we can see what's going on and people can see us. This is just dangerous," Roberts said.

Following the accident, the father and his infant were rushed to the hospital. At last check, they were in critical condition.

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