Death by Crosswalk

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Call me paranoid, but I have an innate fear of crosswalks.

Actually, I don't even like walking across intersections at traffic lights, having witnessed a pedestrian hit and killed, in a crosswalk 48-years ago, is eternally imprinted on by brain - "crosswalks are potential dead zones," proved out Tuesday, April 15th, at 11 a.m., on a clear San Clemente day - intersection of ECR and Canada: Death by Crosswalk. The 60-year old victim - female, her take-out Mexican lunch-order left waiting for her return, as she ran a quick errand across ECR. The intersection's scored 21 accidents in 5-years. 5 with injuries.

Now add 1-death to the tally. The young woman driving the Chevy Tahoe, was not speeding according to witnesses. Were electronic devices involved?

Not with the pedestrian. Investigation's ongoing, whether the driver was talking on a cell phone. The Tahoe's driver, so distraught she too was taken to hospital.

The City's engineer in charge of traffic safety, was unaware of the 21 other accidents at that intersection. Says a traffic light there is unwarranted. Tuesday traffic on ECR is normally light. The day was clear. The crosswalk clearly marked. The Tahoe was going below the speed limit, and a law abiding citizen is clearly dead, after 21 "almosts" at that intersection mark 22 the tragic number.
The primary function of government, is the safety of its citizenry.

And, as we all know, El Camino Real traffic will increase, not decrease.

I hope, for the sake of all future pedestrians, walking in San Clemente crosswalks, our city council, gives this deadly issue top priority so it will never ever happen again. How are accidents avoided? By every potential participant; the pedestrian, the driver, and the City, knowing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the deadly inevitability of traffic mishaps, and doing whatever it takes to avoid the incomprehensible: death by crosswalk.


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Mr Salty April 27, 2014 at 01:58 PM
I walk about 40 miles a week around town and the number of people I see talking or texting while driving is downright disturbing. One second of distraction is all it takes to change lives forever. Please be careful out there people.
george gregory April 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM
that's why the maxburg park remodel was such a outrage no safe walk just a fancy park remodel with Safewalk to school moneys , or widening and extending the beach trail to get bikes off the streets the 14 million dollar goat trail , now we are removing utility poles from alleys instead of removing poles from sidewalks its murder if not assault and battery
KarmaKing April 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Condolences to the family of the victim. I'll be interested to find what the final police report says about this -- hard to understand how this could happen given the facts so far. Not sure a signal is necesarily the answer, accidents and deaths happen at signalized intersections also. Streets are inherently dangerous and as pointed out in this blog we all gotta pay attention and look out for each other.
nobody April 28, 2014 at 01:35 PM
I'm both, a driver and a pedestrian. I learned that when I'm crossing a street I can't trust any signal or crosswalk, I should look everywhere, traffic turning in the corner, coming out driveways, you name it. Even someone who is not texting or talking can just don't see you.
george gregory April 28, 2014 at 02:15 PM
our streets will never be perfectly safe please pretend you invisible when your out there and always try and make eye contact with the driver please be safe (-:b


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