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Victim of Central Ave. Hit-and-Run Recovering

Police have no clues to the identity of the driver involved in the Saturday afternoon accident

A man hospitalized after being hit by a sports car while crossing Central Avenue Saturday, April 21, is recovering, Alameda police said today.

The victim, believed to be an employee of the , is now recovering at home, acccording to Sgt. Ron Simmons of the Alameda Police Department's traffic division.

Simmons said the victim and a fellow employee had left work and were crossing the street "between intersections" in the 700 block of Central about 1:45 p.m. when a small, dark-colored sports car approached.

Passersby yelled a warning, and one of the men was able to jump out of the way, while the other was hit by the car, Simmons said. Police have not released the victim's identity.

Simmons said the driver did not stop and police currently do not have information that could identify the driver. The accident is being investigated as a felony hit-and-run.

Simmons cautioned pedestrians to use marked crosswalks whenever possible for their own safety.

Chris H. April 26, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Even using a crosswalk isn't a safe bet anymore, because everyday I see pedestrians step out into the crosswalks in front of moving cars, only to face a near death experience. I have even witnessed adults pushing children in strollers out into the crosswalk in front of moving vehicle. I often wonder why many pedestrians don't simply wait for a natural break in the traffic before venturing out into the crosswalk? If nobody ever walked out in front of moving vehicles, then nobody would ever be hit.
Chris H. April 26, 2012 at 08:42 PM
CR, did you and your daughter happen to step out into a crosswalk in front of a moving vehicle, or did you happen to wait for a natural break in the traffic before teaching your daughter how to properly cross the street? I'm just wondering, because I have seen many people step out into the crosswalk while cars are still moving, hoping that the driver has good vision, excellent reflexes, and is not impaired by a bad day, drugs, or alcohol. Often times people have just been involved in a fight with their spouse and are driving around town with a lot of rage, and aren't going to stop for any pedestrian regardless of where they are crossing.
CrabCove walker April 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
This may be the wrong place to start a discussion about pedestrians in crosswalks, since this accident doesn't seem to have involved a crosswalk, but Chris H., I hope that you are aware that the law says absolutely nothing about "natural break in traffic." I've been very puzzled lately about why drivers seem to be ignoring the law that says you must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks; it's not a complicated rule to follow: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/right_of_way.htm.
Chris H. April 27, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Hi CrabCove Walker, I totally agree with you that vehicles shall stop for pedestrians. However, I often question why so many people are willing to risk their lives by stepping in front of moving vehicles, with the mere hope that drivers will abide by the law. This line of thinking and risk taking annoys the hell out of me, because I see so many adults willing to push their infants out in front of moving vehicles, taking a chance with their baby's life. In fact, 15 minutes ago I just observed an elderly women step right out into the crosswalk on a four lane road, causing about 10 cars to have to stop for her. I just can't understand why she couldn't wait 10 seconds for a natural break in the traffic. I guess that the bottom line is that no pedestrians would ever be injured, if they would simply wait for a natural break in the traffic.
Michael April 29, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Do the police have any suspects?

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