Is the danger on the street or behind the wheel?
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?