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Car hits pedestrian, causing El Camino traffic jam

 

A male pedestrian was hit by a Nissan sedan on El Camino Real at about 5:18 p.m. Tuesday across from Encina Avenue -- causing a rush-hour traffic jam.

Officials reported that the man suffered head lacerations but was conscious and talking. He was initially treated at the scene and then taken to Stanford Hospital.

He had apparently been jaywalking across El Camino, going from Stanford University towards Encina.

The farthest two southbound lanes were closed as police investigated the accident. Shortly before 6 p.m., officers were interviewing the car's driver and passenger and marking off the accident scene.

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm

So .. will the jaywalker be cited, as well as sent a bill for all of the lost productivity of all of those motorists he inconvenienced because of his thoughtlessness?


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Posted by just like
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Just like the car driver that ran a red light and crashed into another car on El Camino the other day will be billed for "all of the lost productivity of all of those motorists he inconvenienced". I bet if we actually had fines like that, then people would start obeying the stop signs and speed limits.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Who do I bill for all my lost productivity spent reading PA Online?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Interesting, if this had been an accident where a car had hit a pedestrian who was legally crossing and not a jaywalker we would have post after post about bad driving. Instead, a pedestrian is at fault and we don't have a full thread about poor traffic skills by pedestrians.

We have many pedestrians in Palo Alto who walk out in front of cars at intersections, crosswalks, and yes busy streets in the rush hour. Anyone who walks and needs to cross roads must follow traffic rules and pay attention to traffic. In any altercation between a vehicle and a pedestrian, it is always the pedestrian who will come off worse.

This should be a lesson for all pedestrians. I am very pleased this particular jaywalker doesn't appear to be seriously injured this time.


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Posted by just like
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

No, people would still blame the pedestrian for not being aware that red light running was common on that street.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

Jaywalking across El Camino at Encina is an almost daily problem - and it appears to be someone coming from or going to the Opportunity Center - and crossing El Camino. There is one man in a wheelchair who propels himself through traffic to panhandle in the center divide. Once he fell off onto the median strip, and drivers couldn't stop to get to him. When alerted to the problem, a parking attendant at the Sheraton ran out and got him up and back to safety. But this same wheelchair-bound man was out there the next day.


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Posted by Anne
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

The problem is that no one, drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians are paying any attention to what they are doing or where they are going. University Avenue is a minefield- in trying NOT to kill the idiots who pay no attention to where they're going, while also trying not to a statistic yourself. Red lights, stop signs- nobody stops, and pedestrians just plunge out into traffic, clueless to what is happening around them. And yes, most everyone is 'distracted'.


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Posted by so
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

"Interesting, if this had been an accident where a car had hit a pedestrian who was legally crossing and not a jaywalker we would have post after post about bad driving."

Actually first you get the driver apologists saying the pedestrian should have walked defensively or they pedestrian must have been in the driver's blindspot, then you get the bad driving posts.

That said, yes, this guy never should have been where he was and the pedestrian was at fault. Better? ;-)


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Posted by Weird
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

Weird isn't it, that this holiday season has been filled with vehicular accidents, many of them involving bicyclists or pedestrians. It's a symptom of our f'd up times. As mentioned by other commenters, everyone is "distracted". Which I one way to describe the carelessness and arrogance that appear to characterize this place and these times. Sigh ... basically, it's every man, woman & child for him/herself out there.


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Posted by Yup
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

Weird's right. Or maybe it's that this place and these times have a greater-than-average number of people with ADD. High achievers, to be sure, but ADD too.


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Posted by bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

When you consider the volume of traffic on our major and minor streets, I think it's a miracle that more accidents don't occur.

Posters are correct. Too often drivers, pedestrians and especially bicyclists don't follow rules of the road. All of us should look very carefully before stepping off a curb or moving on a green light. It's your life you're saving by waiting a few seconds.


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Posted by pedestrian in traffic
a resident of another community
on Jan 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

So says "Actually first you get the driver apologists saying the pedestrian should have walked defensively or they pedestrian must have been in the driver's blindspot, then you get the bad driving posts."

You are a little confused. Posting about the challenges of driving (specially big vehicle driving) walking or biking has nothing to do with apologies- it's about safety, no matter whose "fault" it is. The idiot who ignores the reality of the physical world most probably at one time or another will suffer from its effects and then reacts in dismay and outrage.

I find it interesting that some posters think that the injured pedestrian is someone who uses the Opportunity Center. We don't know that, but it shouldn't make any difference . If a driver is driving in a place in which it is to be expected that pedestrians will jaywalk that fact doesn't give the driver a license to run the pedestrian over. If it can be avoided the driver has a responsibility of avoiding the accident. We don't know the car speed at impact and we don't know if the injured person was visible some time before the accident. I'll take the upcoming police report at its face value. I will only mention that the green lights for pedestrians on El Camino do not give an able bodied person enough time to cross, let alone the elderly, the young and the handicapped. That needs to change.


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Posted by candy
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

At 5:18 pm yesterday, it was dark. It's also rush hour. It's very unlikely that the driver was speeding. The El Camino jaywalkers are a problem everywhere in Palo Alto. Menlo Park is worse, because of the median strip shrubbery which further reduces visibility. If this ped had walked less than a half block, he could have crossed at the light by the PAMF driveway.


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Posted by so
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

pedestrian in traffic,

Nope not confused, I said what I meant, you just dont agree.
So obviously you would be wrong. ;-)


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