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Woman critically injured in El Camino accident

Original post made by Very Tas on Jun 27, 2006

"A 61-year-old San Jose woman was critically injured in Palo Alto just before 5 p.m. Tuesday when she lost her balance at a center divider island while crossing El Camino Real at Sheridan Avenue and fell backwards into traffic."
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Tragic...

Crossing El Camino is a dangerous undertaking. Cars whiz by at breakneck speeds, without regard for pedestrians in crosswalks, or standing on medians.

The El Camino and College Avenue crosswalk is another dangerous spot. Why is it that we don't have at least occasional enforcement at non-light crosswalks on El Camino?

The law says that when a pedestrian steps into a crosswalk, traffic must wait for that pedestrian to cross before proceeding. Essentially, for all intents and purposes, drivers ignore this law on El Camino (and many other places).

I would like to see more than occasional patrol cars issuing tickets to drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians entering a crosswalk on El Camino. They would have a field day.

Comments (4)

Posted by Richard, a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 28, 2006 at 11:08 am

This is tragic accident.
I feel especially sorry for the motorists involved.
I would like to see a little more monitoring of the pedestrian foot traffic in the California/El Camino Real intersection area.
People tend to ignore the cross walks and traffic lights on a regular basis.
Living in the area we go through this area on a dailey basis and have to be extra vigilant when passing through.
The matter will only be exhaserbated once the new ball park opens.
People relly need to learn to use good common sence when crossing the street and a little common courtesy.


Posted by Bobby, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 6, 2006 at 7:32 pm

Did anyone else notice that when this was first reported in the paper the article refered to "a 61-year-old woman" but then said that her identity as still unkown? How did they know she was 61 and not 60 or 62 or 59 or even 63? What did they find on her or at the scene that would give her age but not her name?


Posted by Mike A, a resident of another community
on Feb 23, 2007 at 11:41 pm

"Tragic... The El Camino and College Avenue crosswalk is another dangerous spot. Why is it that we don't have at least occasional enforcement at non-light crosswalks on El Camino?" Ask and ye shall receive. I'll see if I can convince my friend to do it tomorrow.


Posted by Mike A, a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2007 at 1:49 pm

We went and tried to write pedestrian right-of-way violations last Saturday at College & University. Unfortunately there were very few pedestrians and we observed no violations.


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