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Is the danger on the street or behind the wheel?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 | Posted by

A 93-year-old Sonoma man was struck and killed in a suspected hit-and-run crash Wednesday, Nov. 7, while crossing Fifth Street West, police said. An 80-year-old Boyes Hot Springs man who had recently lost his license has been arrested in the death.

Read the full Press Democrat story here.

It was the second fatal crosswalk accident on Fifth Street West in the past six years, and the second time in less than two weeks that a pedestrian has been struck in the crosswalk near Sassarini Elementary by an elderly driver. A 92-year-old Boyes Hot Springs man was arrested and charged with hitting two Sonoma Charter School students on Oct. 27.

Police Chief Bret Sackett said that crosswalk has recently been outfitted with flashing mounted lights and an audible warming system, with flashing lights embedded in the pavement.

Tell us what you think. Is the crosswalk still dangerous, or do these recent tragedies highlight the need for some type of restriction on elderly drivers?

  • Marc

    Mid-street crosswalks should be removed to a street corner where there is a light. Today increase traffic an population is creating a hazard for even younger drivers and there is too many distractions that you cannot control while in a car or truck. This is reality not fantasy as I would not put my life in some one else hands.

  • Molly

    The ONLY type of person we need to blame here are the IRRESPONSIBLE people!
    Both of these drivers were acting irresponsibly and although they happened to both be elderly this time has nothing to do with age. In one incident involving the two kids hit, the gentleman who hit them I read there may have been speeding and alcohol involved, (irresponsible). The second “hit and run” the driver was operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, (again irresponsible)! This is a matter of respect for others and accountability nothing more. It disgusts me to think people are inconsiderate to get behind the wheel with unsafe factors involved there is no justification and there is no apparent reason other than stupidity! Question: how do we fix stupidity? It’s impossible, we just need to help our children and others to become more aware of our surroundings. Life is precious!

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