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Father, Son Hit by Car Expected to Recover

Police say it appears the father hit the windshield of the vehicle

A father and his 8-year-old son struck by a car at the intersection of Otis Drive and Grand Street April 7 are expected to recover from their injuries, an Alameda Police Department spokesman said yesterday.

Police said it appears that the father struck the windshield of the car, which was shattered. He suffered a broken tibia and fibula (bones in the lower leg) and abrasions, police said.

The boy suffered abrasions, and medical personnel were observing him for some swelling following the accident, police said.

Father and son are both Alameda residents, while the woman driver whose car struck them lives in Oakland, police said.The victims' names have not been released.

There is no indication that the driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs or that she was using a cell phone at the time of the accident, according to police. Her car appeared to be traveling at about 10 to 15 miles per hour when she made a left turn onto Otis Drive and struck the father and son, police said. She was cited for a Vehicle Code violation, police said.

bette page April 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Otis needs to have the crosswalks painted prominently with diagonal stripes and street signs. THEN the APD needs to get the bike officers out there to ticket jaywalkers. Some days it's nearly impossible to drive by the beach without peds darting out in front of you.
Dberardi April 07, 2012 at 02:47 PM
People need to slow down on Otis. Just yesterday I saw a car going at least 45 miles an hour if not more. Just ask Billie the crossing guard at Lum. Otis is like a freeway. Luckily in this case this person wasn't going fast.
Laurie Bochner April 07, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Cars turning right onto Otis from Grand is very dangerous for pedestrians. Drivers are looking left to turn right and don't always look out for people crossing the street from the right hand side. I have seem numerous close calls. There should be no right on red at that intersection!
Michael April 07, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians are problems all over Alameda and it has gotten worse in recent years. APD needs to do more enforcement. Additional four-way stops in key areas would also help.
Chuck Scanlon April 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
All of the above are good points, but the worst is along Shore Line, Lincoln and Otis because they are "wide" streets and people think that the speed limit is higher. Remember, with just a few exceptions, all of the streets in Alameda are posted 25 MPH.
Jean Powers April 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
One of the most dangerous intersections is Park AVE and Otis.(not Park ST). i have seen many times cars drive right in front of pedestrians as they crossed this intersection. I was almost hit while walking across with my grandson in a stroller. A car coming from Southshore not only drove right in front of us as we were halfway into the intersection but went around to the right of a car that stopped for us. I have even seen cars drive in front of a blind person in the crosswalk. My pet peeve is that cars constantly block this interesection so other cars cannot make a left turn going to Harbor Bay!!!
Audrey Lord-Hausman April 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Drivers' inattention and lack of awareness has gotten much worse over the past couple of years: running yellow and RED lights, speeding, ignoring rights of way of peds. Wld. like to see a vigorous APD enforcement effort in conjunction with a city education campaign, partnering w/advocacy groups, PTAs, businesses. Note to peds, DON'T wear dark clothes at night and expect a driver to notice you crossing the street. I've been guilty of it too. Wear something bright. To me right now, every intersection/crossing is dangerous. It shouldn't be that way; Alameda is a great walking city and should be pedestrian friendly and not a fearful place to walk.
Steve Tabor April 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
If a driver hit two people with her car, why was she "cited" and allowed to go free? She's dangerous. Neither police nor legislators value the lives of pedestrians. They look upon all such collisions as "accidents". Drivers have to be held responsible for the opereation of their vehicles, and that includes the death penalty. If we had more executions of drivers, death and injury of pedstrians would drop for sure. Instead we hear police lecturing pedestrians about their "responsiblity" not to get hit!
Nicole April 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
My son and I were almost run over by an officer twice on pacific & oak. Plus, people speed constantly on my block...even with stop signs. Children, with or without parents, are always jaywalking across Lincoln by haight school. There are a plethora of issues that need to be addressed from all sides.
Ariane April 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Since so many are ignoring the 25 mph limit, more stop signs would help. Other towns have been forced to use roundabouts to slow people down.
Dixie Jordan (Editor) April 08, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Steve, the Alameda Police Department believes this was truly accidental, with no red flags about distracted driving, alcohol use or speeding. They think possibly the pedestrians were in a "blind spot" for the driver.
Michael April 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
What "blind spot?" Does the driver have impaired vision? If so, perhaps she/he shouldn't be driving. Does the intersection have a blind spot? If so, the City needs to make the intersection safer. We shouldn't just accept children and adults being hit by cars as normal. Regardless of the specifics of this incident, there are too many drivers speeding all over town and ignoring those in crosswalks. Police patrols need to be increased. The costs of death and injury, both financially and emotionally, should make this a community priority.
510gal April 08, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I often walk or jog around our city streets, in every part of town. The proliferation of smartphone/cell phone use and texting has caused the old-time problem of driver inattention to become a new-time dangerous threat. If you stand on a corner, and observe the behavior of drivers, you'll see many people looking into their laps or boldly talking into their phone instead of looking at the road. I only hope that our society eventually realizes how we shouldn't be devoting every moment of our lives to our phones. It's ok to wait to get an email or text, people. The Internet and your Facebook updates can wait until you get to your destination. If you can't resist that, do like I do and hide the phone where you can't reach it while driving.
Michael April 09, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The Alameda Police Department officer responsible for traffic enforcement is Sergeant Ron Simmons. If you would like to see changes in enforcement, he can be contacted at rsimmons@ci.alameda.ca.us. I am sure that he would like to hear your concerns.
Brenda Gardner April 09, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Pedestrians also need to realize that they should make sure that the driver can see them before they cross. I've seen many pedestrians not paying attention. I walk a lot in Alameda, (more than I drive) and there are many pedestrians not paying attention and they walk right into me. I am not a little person either. Pedestrians will walk right out in front of cars expecting them to stop on a dime. I don't think the problem is only with the drivers.
bette page April 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I agree Brenda. I've seen pedestrains stare into space, mezmerized by the water and step out from between parked cars - accompanied by children. The city needs to double stripe the crosswalks and imbed lights (like park street in front of the old bakery.) Make these the ONLY crosswalks to be used and then TICKET people who dash out in the middle of the street. Don't get me started on bicyclists who don't stop for people...
Lisbeth Allen April 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I agree with Michael. What "blind spot"? Since when is there a blind spot in the front of a car? And then she hits not one, but two people? Blank spot in the driver's mind, maybe.
Jessice April 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
The reality is that everyone needs to be more responsible. I do quite a bit of walking and driving in Alameda and in the 3 months that I have lived here. I have had problems with both drivers and pedestrians. We live in a world today where people just don't pay attention to their surroundings. I have seen people standing on the sidewalk that with out even looking up from their phones will start walking across the street on a red with traffic coming towards them. I ahve also been almost struck in a cross walk as someone tries to make a last minute right hand turn on a red light.
Jon Spangler April 16, 2012 at 05:49 AM
You are absolutely right, Audrey. Everyone needs to pay attention while driving, bicycling, or walking and slow down. One engineering solution that would help a lot would be a "road diet"--narrowing or reducing the number of traffic lanes on streets like Otis, Lincoln, and Shoreline Drive would slow the traffic somewhat. For example, Otis and Shoreline Drive, where they are 4-lane arterials, could be redesigned as two-lane streets with bike lanes and a center turning lane. The reduced number of lanes will slow traffic down. I also suspect (although I have no proof) that having fewer uniformed officers patrolling our streets as a result of budget cuts has contributed to a lack of enforcement and higher traffic speeds: we all know we are less likely to get caught with fewer police out there watching for speeders.
Camilla Vance October 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
It was my husband and son who were hit crossing the street. To clarify, they were in the cross-walk and had the right of way with the walk light. The woman who hit them was very upset and swears that she did not see them. Other than scrapes, bruises and some swelling my son was fine (kept overnight at Children's for observation). My husband has a titanium leg now but is getting around as long as he doesn't over do it. Thanks to all who were concerned, your well-wishes were appreciated. :)
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Camilla, so glad to hear they're doing better. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Avrage Guy October 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Exactly. We can paint all we want, but the reality is that drivers just don't pay enough attention to DRIVING. It takes focus and alertness.
Avrage Guy October 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM
We have a number of Black and White Police cars available, now that we have a reduced police force. Why not park these available vehicles in various areas at various times, to help gain the attention of drivers? Move them around each day, or every few days, where people may be vulnerable.
Avrage Guy October 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM
You are so correct. Everyone needs to pay more attention to their surroundings. The people on "The Walking Dead" are more alert than many people here. It seems to be a lack of caring. I also see people at night wearing black clothes! REALLY?
Avrage Guy October 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Otis at Grand is a bad area. It seems almost too large of a space. It all begins with people thinking that Grand is a street they can speed on, because it's wide. I have had people tell me that they though it was a one-way street, thus drove right down the middle, as they traveled to our house! So happy to know that father and son are doing well.

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