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Car Strikes Teen Crossing Shoreline Blvd Tuesday

The student at Mountain View Academy suffered non-life threatening injuries, police say.

A vehicle hit a 17-year-old boy Tuesday, police officials reported Wednesday afternoon.

The student at Mountain View Academy crossed at the crosswalk on the 200 block of S. Shoreline Boulevard on his way to school at approximately 7:48 a.m. when the vehicle, traveling southbound, struck him. He received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital, according to Mountain View Police Department spokesman Sgt. Sean THompson.

"Preliminary investigation reveals the driver was at fault for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk," said Thompson. There's no evidence of excessive speed or driving under the influence.

Several pedestrians—including children—and bicyclists have been injuried by vehicles in the past several years.

As a result, the MVPD has increased its efforts to prevent injuries to pedestrians by motorists across the city with pedestrian decoy operations.

What do you think about the pedestrian safety around Mountain View? Tell us in the comments!

Police remind drivers, in their press statement—that under California law, motorists "are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk, however, many roll right through them creating a dangerous situation."

The MVPD also shared:

  • In California, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 19 percent of all traffic fatalities. Drive cautiously when pedestrians are near because they may suddenly cross your path.
  • Pedestrians may be at risk walking near hybrid and electric vehicles because these vehicles are virtually silent while operating. Use extra caution when driving near pedestrians.
  • Respect the right-of-way of pedestrians. Always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is in the middle of the block, at corners with or without traffic lights, whether or not the crosswalks are marked by painted lines.
  • Do not pass a vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk. A pedestrian you cannot see may be crossing the street. Stop, then proceed when all pedestrians have crossed the street.
  • Do not drive on a sidewalk, except to cross it to enter or exit a driveway or alley. When crossing, yield to all pedestrians.
  • Do not stop in a crosswalk. You will place pedestrians in danger.
  • Remember, if a pedestrian makes eye contact with you, he or she is ready to cross the street. Yield to the pedestrian.
  • Allow older pedestrians, disabled pedestrians and pedestrians with young children sufficient time to cross the street.
  • A crosswalk is the part of the roadway set aside for pedestrian traffic. Most intersections have a pedestrian crosswalk whether or not lines are painted on the street. Most crosswalks are located at corners, but they can also be located in the middle of the block. Before turning a corner, watch for people about to cross the street. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked or unmarked crosswalks.
  • Crosswalks are often marked with white lines. Yellow crosswalk lines may be painted at school crossings. Most often, crosswalks in residential areas are not marked.
  • Some crosswalks have flashing lights to warn you that pedestrians may be crossing. Look for pedestrians and be prepared to stop, whether or not the lights are flashing.

The Mountain View Police Department seeks the public's assistance and is asking that anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact the Mountain View Police Department. Investigators can be reached at 650-903-6344.

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Paulo Chung February 28, 2013 at 06:03 AM
That is so cool I have not see that before! Wow!
E. Nowe February 28, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Since moving here hitting someone has been my greatest fear. Growing up we were taught to yield to cars and I never see that. Quite often I'll have the green light a someone will step off the curb to cross. And more often, I'll be driving down the street and someone will go to cross the street and not even break stride stepping off the curb and worse, they don't even look. It amazes me that so many people are willing to risk life and limb.
lillian hinchcliff February 28, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The corner of Hope and California is a four way stop where cars hate to stop even when there are pedestrians. I am very careful when crossing streets and point in the direction I intend to cross. When I drive I am annoyed by pedestrians milling about on a corner that might cross any direction at any time without any indication. I am amazed at how many pedestrians cross without even a glance for cars as well as how many drivers are busy on tech devices.
Claudia Cruz March 01, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I agree with both your comments. As a NYer I just recently got my license and I've learned to be a good pedestrian. I even tell people who I may be on the phone with, "hold on, I'm crossing the street," put my phone down, look both ways and then cross. However as a cautious new driver, I see a lot of bad drivers (I'm usually the one cursing them out in my car!). I think we could all be better.
Tracy March 01, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I'm really shocked by the comments which do not show sympathy to the pedestrian. This was a child (17 is still a child) in a CROSSWALK on his way to school. The driver is at fault legally and logically. Let's not blame the kid. While driving I am also nervous when I see pedestrians clustering at intersections. But that's the way it should be. We are driving a potentially lethal weapon. We don't have a right to be anxiety free especially in a school zone. These accidents happen because of lapses in attention and I believe the only way to improve safety is better road design to provide more visual cues to drivers that pedestrians are present. A big challenge for Shoreline Ave because it's difficult for drivers to scan across the 6 lanes and crossing streets also. It's natural for drivers to just look for other cars. In this case I think blinking lights at the crosswalk like on San Antonio at Rengstorff Park Would have made a big difference. Patch: thx for reporting this incident. I would not have known about it otherwise. I wonder how often they happen in our community without any visibility.

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