A 62-year-old San Gabriel while crossing San Gabriel Boulevard just north of Sheffield Road around 10 p.m. Saturday night, City News Service reported, and some Patch readers have responded about questionable pedestrian safety on local streets.
Here’s what some Patch readers had to say:
"I live close by San Gabriel Bl. It is not well lit in areas and pedestrians crossing without the aid of a crosswalk are risking their lives."
Frank Pazasis (on the San Marino Patch facebook page):
"It is really dark on the portion of San Gabriel Blvd. Right in my neighborhood. Lots of people have been hanging around the bus stop outside of the market at night... and if they are going to cross the road not at the crosswalk, this could happen again soon."
"The police never ticket anyone who is taking their daily walks in the middle of the street and never use sidewalk or crosswalks."
According to City News Service, the 35-year-old driver of the car that struck the man Saturday night was first unaware that he had hit a person.
He "exited his vehicle and saw an object in the middle of the roadway and began running towards the dark object and upon arrival determined the dark object to be a human with a severe head injury," CHP officer M. Yasutake told CNS.
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Incidentally, San Marino Police started targeting motorists April 23, when and students began a three week challenge to walk or ride their bikes to school every morning due to a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant from the federal government. The grant aims to encourage students to walk or bicycle to and from school instead of being driven to school and will be used to educate and encourage students and drivers to use safe practices on their commute, especially as they travel on Huntington Drive, according to Safe Routes to School Grant Coordinator Mary Ulin.
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