Woman injured in fall at M-A High parking lot


Story submitted by Menlo-Atherton High School student and journalist Tyler Finn, who was on the scene.

An 80-year-old woman was hospitalized Sunday night, Jan. 16, after she tripped on a speed bump and fell in the parking lot of Menlo-Atherton High School.

The fall caused a gash on the right side of her head, which bled profusely, but she did not lose consciousness.

The fall occurred around 6:15 p.m. after a Music@Menlo concert at the performing arts center at the school. Another woman who ran to help her also tripped on the speed bump and fell to the ground. However, she was unhurt.

Seven people gathered to assist the injured woman. M-A student and journalist Tyler Finn called 911. One of the injured woman's friends held tissues to the side of her head to control the bleeding.

The 911 dispatcher instructed those assisting the injured woman not to move her. The woman remained coherent and was able to answer basic questions.

An Atherton police officer was the first on the scene, followed by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District paramedics. An ambulance arrived soon after and she was put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.


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Posted by wow
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

Must have been a slow news day to even write this. This is not news.

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Posted by Ben
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Jan 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

This is a well-written story, so thank you Almanac.

Pedestrians, watch out for that speed bump. The speed bump does not sound like it is working as intended - I doubt it was put there to slow down 80 year old pedestrians and their friends.

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