Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 25, 2007 at 2:29 pm
When will pedestrians realise that they are not infallible? When will pedestrians realise that in a collison with a vehicle, they are most likely to lose? When will pedestrians realise that just because they have right of way it makes them safe? When will pedestrians look before they cross and make sure that they are safe?
Isn't it better to be alive than in the right and dead?
I am so surprised at the manner in which people step off kerbs and cross streets without looking and without keeping looking as they cross. We have to be aware for our own safety. A bus is a big thing and takes lots of space to turn.
A pedestrian can stop much quicker than a vehicle. Please everyone, realise that you may have right of way as a pedestrian, but it does not give you carte blanche to cross a street when and how you like. Crossing a street always, always, always, takes caution.
Posted by Rebecca, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood, on Oct 25, 2007 at 3:00 pm
I agree with you that pedestrians are the ones most likely to lose when it comes to a collison with a vechicle. I also agree that pedestrians can be very cavalier with regards to their own personal safety. But, in this case, the story states that the pedestrian was crossing in the crosswalk on a green light and that the bus initially stopped to let the pedestrian cross but then misjudged the length of the bus in making the turn.
I think this pedestrian was being careful, not cavalier.
Posted by natasha, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Oct 26, 2007 at 6:19 am
I'm disheartened by the way everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon against this poor man, while speaking in generalities about the recklessness of pedestrians. In this case, the man had a green light and the bus gave him the go ahead. Then, when he was in the crosswalk, the driver ran into him because the driver didn't wait long enough before turning. Frankly, it sounds as if he would have been better off just waiting while the bus ran the light, as often happens.
Where is your compassion, folks? Not everyone who gets hurt deserves it for being stupid. I hope Mr. Huo is feeling better soon and recovers fully from this accident, and that the accident itself will serve as a warning to pther drivers. Walter, aside from being a non-sequitur, your comment is just rude.
Posted by Lytton Resident, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Oct 28, 2007 at 2:20 pm
Thanks for the clarification, Natasha.
The worst thing in the world happened to Mr. Huo, was, as the witness mentioned, after he was struck by the bus, the bus driver stepped off the bus, and 'dragged him cross the road way', and 'calmed' the witnesses that Huo 'was doing OK', and 'let this elderly man stood, and walked him back to Lytton', told the PD, paramedic that 'he was helping the elderly man for medical problem (dizzy, fall)'.
The bus driver was plainly 'criminal'! Since, as the witness mentioned, the bus driver was pretending to help the hearing impaired elderly man! Since, Mr. Huo was not communicable at that time, pertained to the injury, suffering and shock incurred!