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News - April 15, 2009

Woodside High student struck in Atherton crosswalk

• The driver was a 73-year-old Atherton man.

by Dave Boyce

A 16-year-old Woodside High School girl remains in Stanford Hospital with a broken leg, broken pelvis and kidney trauma after being struck by a car in a crosswalk on Monday, April 6, at around 12:40 p.m., Atherton police reported.

The driver, a 73-year-old Atherton man whose name is being withheld pending a review of the case for criminal charges by the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, may be charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and driving without his glasses, Sgt. Anthony Kockler of the Atherton Police Department said.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a juvenile, had been walking west across El Camino Real at Stockbridge Ave. Other southbound vehicles on El Camino had stopped for her, but the gold 1995 Honda Accord traveling in the center lane did not and hit her, witnesses said, at a speed of between 30 and 40 mph, according to police.

She was knocked about 100 feet south into the far right lane and was initially unconscious, Sgt. Kockler said. There were no skid marks, he said.

The Honda had dents in the hood, a "good sized" dent in the windshield, and damage to the front bumper, police said.

The driver, after moving past the girl, had pulled over to the shoulder and was out of his car when police arrived. "He was extremely nervous, shaken and upset by what happened," Sgt. Kockler said.

Atherton police have forwarded the facts of the case to the state Department of Motor Vehicles and have asked for a reevaluation of the driver's suitability to continue driving.

Deputies from the county Sheriff's Office routed traffic around the accident scene for about an hour as California Highway Patrol officers assisted Atherton police in gathering evidence, Sgt. Kockler 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. Mike Guerra of the Atherton Police Department said.

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, he 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.


Posted by Barbara W., a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on May 6, 2009 at 5:38 pm

definitely opt for those flashing pedestrian light strips like Menlo Park installed. Come on Atherton. We've got the money. El Camino is a dangerous place for peds!

Posted by mystified, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 6, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Why is the Almanac reposting stories from last month?

Posted by registered user, Renee Batti, a resident of associate editor of The Almanac
on May 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Mystified, The Almanac doesn't repost stories. This thread was automatically created when a reader commented on the April 15 story he or she found in our archives.