Menlo Park police reports: Car strikes stroller

Child ok, police say

A Toyota Prius struck a stroller, tossing a child out, as the driver tried to make a left turn on to Ravenswood Avenue from Laurel Street around 10:23 a.m., according to a Menlo Park police report for Wednesday, Aug. 17.

According to police, the driver said he didn't see the woman walking with the stroller. The child didn't need hospital care.

Alleged shoplifters return to store

Two women who allegedly shoplifted household items from a Menlo Park Walgreens returned to the store on a different day, and were spotted by staff who recognized the pair from surveillance video, police said. Tiara Lackey, 22, and Janet Austin, 55, both of San Francisco, were arrested for burglary and attempted burglary on Wednesday, Aug. 17, around 11:21 a.m.

Rape reported

A woman reported being raped by an unknown male suspect on Wednesday, Aug. 17, around 3:47 p.m. According to Menlo Park police, the woman said she was intoxicated and assaulted in Kelly Park on Terminal Avenue. Police are continuing to investigate.

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Posted by U. Block
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

As a Prius-driving resident that lives near this intersection, I can imagine exactly how this happened...

I love my car, except for one thing... blind spots. The windshield is very far forward of the driver, which causes the front-most pillar (between windshield and front door) to create a blind spot up the road that interferes with seeing pedestrians waiting at the curb or entering the street. I'm aware of the blind spots and make a point of moving my head side-to-side to look around the pillar, but some people are surely not as careful.

Drivers, please be more careful.

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Posted by Willow
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I was going to say, Prius drivers are the worst drivers out there. I have been cut off by so many, they are dangerous in parking lots especially to pedestrians, and especially when reversing.

I try and give them a wide birth and stay away. They are an accident waiting to happen!

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Posted by Subaruzi
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

Willow, is it really that all Prius drivers are dangerous? Or is it that a) there are a lot of Priuses out there (Prii?) so some percentage of them are driven badly and b) that we pedestrians have trained ourselves to listen, not look, for cars? Priuses are silent at 5 mph or below, as any good fan of "The Office" will know.

Not blaming the pedestrian in this case at all, but I don't buy this Prius-hating trend. I'm frankly more concerned about people talking or typing on their cellphones.

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