Car hits pedestrian in SLO

February 1, 2016

ambulance 4A driver struck a pedestrian who was crossing the street in downtown San Luis Obispo Sunday morning. The pedestrian survived the accident. [Tribune]

At about 11:34 a.m., the car was turning left onto Higuera Street from Broad Street when it collided with the pedestrian. It appeared the driver did not see the pedestrian, and neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor, Sgt. Jeff Booth said.

Responders transported the pedestrian to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Both police and fire personnel responded to the accident.

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The driver didn’t see the pedestrian in the crosswalk because she was fiddling with her cell phone. How does society pay these people back for the harm they cause to others?

Maybe the driver didn’t see the pedestrian because the driver was looking at traffic, or looking for a parking space, or looking at a short skirt, or looking at a store sign, or looking at the wind blowing the trees, or maybe the driver was looking at all the right stuff and the pedestrian just walked out not noticing a car turning right into them. When walking always make sure the driver is looking at you, don’t expect the driver to see you.

I agree, sorry someone got hurt but if you watch people crossing streets downtown it is scary how many never look at anything including the color of the lights.

The other day I was in the middle of an intersection already executing my turn when a pedestrian walking down the sidewalk enters the intersection and walks right in front of my car forcing me to stop in the middle of my left turn. If this was a signalized intersection and they had a green walk symbol, I’d understand, but this was a stop-controlled intersection and I was well into the intersection before the pedestrian even got to the corner. I don’t even think the pedestrian was distracted. She just felt she had the right-of-way, no matter who got into the intersection first.