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Crosswalk accident proves fatal for pedestrian

Original post made on Oct 3, 2011

The San Ramon Police department has confirmed a fatal accident took place at a crosswalk not far from Coyote Creek Elementary School in September. The incident took place on Sept. 22 at 8:41 a.m., according to Lt. Mike Boehrer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 30, 2011, 4:39 PM

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Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Oct 3, 2011 at 6:38 am

"In general, they happen," he said.

Thanks, Officer Obvious -- now, SPECIFICALLY, what has become of the DRIVER?

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Oct 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

People need to drive more carefully. Too many people treat our roads as racetracks. Tragedies like this are often the result.

Unsafe drivers are everywhere. I am tired of seeing people blatantly disregard traffic laws.

Danville police should increase the number of tickets it issues for unsafe driving. Use unmarked cars to catch people. How many people must die or be injured before something is done?

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Posted by Kim J.
a resident of Danville
on Oct 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

I totally agree with spcwt's comments. My husband and I walk daily and have experienced first hand drivers failing to yield to pedestrians while in the crosswalk. Some have literally turned right in front of us instead of waiting. These drivers need a refresher course on the DMV traffic rules!

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Posted by Bill S
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

First, why did it take 8 days to publuish the news. Second, 'woman's name is not being released.' what? look at Mercury -they have not only the name but also the photo of the deceased. Third - comments of SR police should be shameful to the police dept.

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Posted by Senior Advocate
a resident of Danville
on Oct 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I want to believe there is formal mechanism for Police to advise the City Fathers as to which streets should have speeds lowered, stop signs placed,speed bumps constructed,and any other measure to prevent accidents based on their daily experiences.But then I've been disappointed before!!

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Posted by Pedestrian
a resident of Danville
on Oct 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

My condolences to the family.

If there is anything good to come out of this it is a reminder not to rely on the motorists seeing you, in regular crossings, nor to rely on the little green man keeping you safe while crossing at controlled crossings. (Not sure which this was).

Being in the right, particularly at "turn on red" traffic lights, is pretty irrelevant if the car doesn't see you.

And he best thing you can do for your children is to teach them to read traffic and react accordingly since that is applicable anywhere, (unlike the dubious skill of pressing a button and relying on motorists to do the right thing).

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Posted by Jones
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm

The reporter gave very few particulars, in respect to the pedestrian. Was said women distracted; ie on the cell phone. Was she out on a morning jog with IPod in her ears?
Any witnesses?

I would appreciate facts before I call for more laws on the books.

So sorry this turned into a fatality!

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

How terrible for both families - so easily preventable too - my goodness she was in a crosswalk - please pay attention all you drivers.

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Posted by Fern
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

So, so sad and heartbreaking. This happened around the corner from my house. That time of morning is SO dangerous and I have yelled at more than a few parents driving like maniacs.

If you are running late don't endager the rest of us. SLOW DOWN AND OPEN YOUR EYES.

A Family's dog was killed last year up the street and now someone's mother, grandmother, wife, neighbor and friend. Enough is enough.

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Posted by GG
a resident of Danville
on Oct 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

Yes, people need to learn how to drive, but, pedestrians also need to be re-educated. I grew up in the era of look both ways and when it is clear then cross. Nowadays I watch pedestrians just step off the curb without bothering to look anyway for vehicles. It's almost a defiant, just hit me and see what happens attitude as they slowly amble across. While the law may lean more toward the pedestrian, common sense yells it's a big metal rolling box that will more often than not win in hurting you.

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