Uploaded: Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 3:15 pm
Mother struck, seriously injured by car
Accident in the Barron Park neighborhood occurred while walking child to school
A woman who was walking her young child to school was struck by a car in Barron Park Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, Palo Alto police said in a statement.
The woman in her 30s was struck at 7:49 a.m. by a car driven by a minor. The teen driver called police dispatch to report that he or she had just struck a pedestrian in the 3800 block of La Donna Avenue, between Paul and La Para avenues.
Responding officers and personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department found the woman unconscious with major injuries.
Personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported her to a local hospital, where she is being treated. Police said no update on her condition is available.
The teen driver remained at the scene and has been cooperative with investigators. The driver has not been arrested or cited, as the investigation is still ongoing. He or she was not injured. No additional information about the driver is being released in accordance with standard operating procedures involving juveniles, police said.
The victim was walking her young child to school at the time of the collision. The child was not struck and was not injured. No additional information about the victim or her child is being released, police said.
Personnel from the Palo Alto Police Department's Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team are handling the investigation. Police will release additional information as it becomes available.
The Palo Alto Police Department has been in contact with the Palo Alto Unified School District to share information about the case, and the department is working collaboratively with the district to find any witnesses to the collision.
Police are asking anyone with information about the accident to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to email@example.com or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.
Posted by another parent
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm
Thank God the ambulance WAS able to drive on the wrong side of the street (which is why you are supposed to pull over on both sides if you hear a siren), depending on the conditions and time, BOTH directions of traffic can be blocked on Maybell and other narrow streets in the vicinity, with no way to get around them. I'm sorry you experienced such a scare, though.
There is no infrastructure to turn Barron Park into a sidewalked place. There are a lot of cars parked on these narrow streets as well, effectively narrowing many of them to single lane.
Maybe so, but nearly half the teens already bike to school, and failure to plan accordingly has resulted in some safety conflicts there, too, but that's a discussion for another day. Many of the kids biking across to Gunn shortcut across the JB elementary school campus, and I'd say that's an accident waiting to happen too, except I've witnessed more than one collision already between older kids on bikes and very young kids on the playground, luckily no one was hurt badly. The major safety improvements on Maybell a few years ago were supposed to move all the bikes onto Maybell but did not. Can't say I blame them, but it's a hazard for the little kids.
You wrote: "And to use what happened today to justify opposition to the Maybell project is really appalling, as LaDonna and Maybe [sic] are completely separate school corridors." Your facts are wrong, and your twisting around what I said to make this a political attack was the appalling thing here.
I said "This is, by the way, a busy feeder street in the same neighborhood as the Maybell property (only Maybell is even busier). It's why many neighbors were so up in arms about a big development going there especially without a trustworthy traffic analysis."
I mentioned the proximity, compared the traffic levels and reminded about the safety conditions. When I said, "It's why many neighbors were so up in arms about a big development going there, the "it's" obviously refers to the previous sentence, not the accident itself, meaning, the similar infrastructure and busy traffic conditions on Maybell (and La Donna) are why neighbors were so up in arms about putting a lot of development in the middle of that.
You are completely incorrect about La Donna and Maybell being "completely separate school corridors". If you live over here and pay attention to the kids and safety, I don't see how you could get that so wrong. The only school going the other direction is Barron Park Elementary. The schools most of the kids on this whole side of town attend, Juana Briones, Terman, Bowman (private), and Gunn are all in Greenacres direction and just beyond. The JB school boundary is at Los Robles, about a 200m from where this accident happened, but there are families beyond there that attend JB.
Since you seem unfamiliar with the school commutes, here is a safe routes to school map
To get to Gunn, Bowman, Terman, and even Juana Briones from there, you go up La Donna to Los Robles to Amaranta to Maybell. A lot of kids peel off and go across the Elementary School right between the classrooms and the playstructures to get to the back entrance of Gunn on Georgia. To get to Terman, kids go up Donald to Arastradero. Depending on where kids live, they can bike up Barron or Matadero to the bike path that runs to Gunn. By the way, with the traffic on El Camino these days, that same route through the neighborhood is getting used by cars to cut through the neighborhood to Arastradero and avoid El Camino at Arastradero.
Do you wear a safety belt in the car? I hope so, it's the law. Why is it the law, since there are lots of drivers who go their whole lives with no accidents? The reason you take safety measures is not because something bad will necessarily happen every second if you don't (depending on what it is), but because it decreases the chance of something bad happening, and lessens the consequences if it does. Even when you do everything right, people can still get hurt. But that's not a justification not to prioritize safety and take safety measures to minimize danger and serious consequences, especially for children. You don't say, "Nobody in my car has been killed since 2009 so basically I don't need to wear my seatbelt or worry about safety."
This side of town has 4 major schools, nearly 4,000 kids trying to get across to them, nearly half on foot and by bike. Its busy. The streets are narrow. The infrastructure is not optimal for safety. That's why people didn't want to make it worse with overdevelopment. During the Maybell meetings at City Hall before the vote, one mom who had just witnessed a car accident that flipped a car onto its roof just a block or two from this one, spoke forcefully to the City about the traffic safety conditions in just that same area where this accident happened. Did the Council do anything about it (except approve the development without missing a beat)? No, because people who wanted the development did nothing but belittle and aggressively dismiss the safety concerns of those who live here and know how bad it is.
It is a shame if your takeaway from my commenting on the bad conditions and how that motivates people in the area to improve the conditions/not let them get worse because of safety, is to continue to make reactionary dismissals of safety concerns in the neighborhood.
I hope this mom is recovering. There hasn't been any news. I hope no news is good news.