J'Ron Erby continues to recover from his injuries and has appeared at Chargers' games.
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Former San Diego Chargers public relations intern, J'Ron Erby who was struck while crossing a busy street in Pacific Beach by a hit-and-run driver has filed a claim against the City of San Diego, alleging unsafe street conditions.

Erby and his friends were crossing an intersection at Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street in Pacific Beach on August 5 after a night out on the town when a gray Hyundai Elantra slammed into him and his friends before speeding off.

Erby suffered a traumatic brain injury from the collision and spent the following 18 days in a coma.

City documents obtained by the Reader reveal Erby and his roommate, Kendrick Hester, also hit in the accident, have since filed claims against the city, a precursor to a lawsuit.

According to the claim Erby and Hester "allege defective street design leading to hit-and-run accident."

In September 2016, nearly two months after the hit-and-run collision, police arrested 24-year-old Omar Gutierrez, the driver of the car. Police charged Gutierrez with five counts of attempted murder as well as an offense for destroying evidence. A woman with Gutierrez, Jamillah Amirah Jones, is also facing a misdemeanor charge of aiding and abetting.

Gutierrez is scheduled to appear at a sentencing hearing on April 19, 2017.

According to several media reports Erby continues to recover from his injuries and has appeared at Chargers' games.

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Sportsbook April 8, 2017 @ 8:21 p.m.

This is so lame. Like it is the CITY'S fault he got hit by a freaking moron. Money hungry. How bout suing the other guy's insurance co.

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AlexClarke April 9, 2017 @ 6:11 a.m.

He can only collect to the limits of the insurance policy. He could sue the driver but I'll bet he has no assets. The City has deep pockets and will settle the claim as it will be cheaper than defending it.

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jnojr April 10, 2017 @ 4:03 p.m.

Another shameless money grab. Soft-headed people who feel sympathy for him will think, "Oh, he needs the money so badly, and the City has so much, what can it hurt to give him a few million?"

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shamus May 20, 2017 @ 7:25 p.m.

Or maybe they have a legitimate claim. Of the thousands of intersections in the city, is it possible one may have been poorly designed or maintained? I don't support phony claims, but I go through PB a lot. There are traffic and pedestrian hot spots from Mission Bay Dr to the water's edge. Fantastic growth not necessarily managed well? Possible. The Charges and their family owners blow, not necessarily their interns.

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