A Redwood City girl of about 15 ended up in Stanford Hospital with a broken leg on Monday, April 6, after she was hit by a car at around 12:40 p.m. as she was walking across El Camino Real in a crosswalk at Stockbridge Ave., Atherton police reported.
Southbound vehicles in lanes 1 and 3 of El Camino had come to a stop to let her cross, but in the middle lane, a 73-year-old Atherton man in a 1995 gold Honda Accord came to a stop too late and hit the girl, throwing her "a few feet," Lt. Mike Guerra said in an interview.
Six witnesses saw the accident, including the one who made the call to police, Lt. Guerra said. Traffic was delayed for about an hour.
The front end of the Honda was damaged, but the report did not include information on how fast it was going or whether there were skid marks, Mr. Guerra said.
Such questions will be taken up when the investigation resumes, which won't happen until Saturday, he added.
Police have not issued citations yet nor have they released the driver's name, pending the possibility of criminal charges, Lt. Guerra said. The victim's name is being withheld because she is a minor.
The nearest red light to the crosswalk is at Fifth Ave. in Redwood City, a few hundred yards to the north, Lt. Guerra said. The next light to the south is Atherton Avenue about a half mile away.
Travel speeds in that section of El Camino are often 35 to 45 mph, Lt. Guerra said, but it varies with time of day and traffic conditions. Southbound traffic can reach 50 or 55 mph with a green light at Fifth Avenue, he said.
El Camino and the crosswalk are under the control of the California Department of Transportation. That crosswalk does not get a lot of pedestrian traffic, Lt. Guerra said.