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4 People Struck by 4 Cars in 2 Days

Livermore Police are asking all on the roads to exercise caution.

LIVERMORE, CA: Pedestrian accident on First Street in Livermore on June 14. Photo credit: Stephanie Webb
LIVERMORE, CA: Pedestrian accident on First Street in Livermore on June 14. Photo credit: Stephanie Webb
By Autumn Johnson

Four collisions involving pedestrians or bicyclists being struck by cars occurred in span of about 27 hours between Friday afternoon and late Saturday afternoon, Officer Traci Rebeiejo said. 

The first collision involved a pedestrian who was hit around 1:30 p.m. while on First Street and S. Livermore Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Rebiejo says the pedestrian had minor injuries.

"The driver was eastbound on First Street with a green light while the pedestrian was walking northbound on S. Livermore Avenue, crossing against the red hand signal and did not have the right of way," Rebiejo said. "The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with moderate head injuries. The windshield of the car was shattered during the collision."

On Saturday, June 15 just before 8 a.m., Rebiejo says a pedestrian was struck by a driver who was blinded by the sunlight while in the parking lof of Cattleman's Restaurant.

The pedestrian flew up and over the windshield. The pedestrian, who was a male in his sixties, had minor head and back pain and was transported to a local hospital.

Later that day, a bicyclist, riding on the wrong side of Garaventa Ranch Road was hit by a driver pulling out from Water Lily Commons. The bicyclist, a 40-year-old woman, was wearing her helmet and complained of hip pain and abrasions after the collision. The driver, a 40-year-old male, did not look in the direction of the wrong-way traffic before he pulled out.

The last collision on Saturday involved a 10-year-old boy. 

"The boy darted out from between two parked cars into the street in the 600 block of Nightengale around 4:35 p.m," Rebiejo said. "The driver, who was in his fifties, had been driving at slows speeds when the collision occurred and the child suffered minor abrasions."

Nearby in Pleasanton, a bicyclist from Dublin was struck and killed by an 18-year-old man from Pleasanton on June 9. 

[Related article: UPDATE: Bicyclist Killed On Foothill Identified As Dublin Resident]


Rebiejo stresses the importance of pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers being cautious while on the road.

"It doesn't matter if you think you have the right away as a pedestrian, you are not going to favor well with a car," she said. 

Rebiejo added that is important to make eye contact with the driver to confirm car sees you and that you can safely cross.  
Aaron Moreno June 17, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I hate bicyclists and runners who ride/run into oncoming traffic. I think they assume it's easier for drivers to see them. However I think it creates more of a risk. Especially when your not expecting oncoming traffic in your own lane / shoulder.
Formula1mom June 17, 2013 at 05:21 PM
I'm sick and tired of seeing bicyclists breeze thru stop signs, barely slowing down. Yet they take serious issue when I honk and confront them. Just follow the rules of the road. Is it really that difficult?
Christian Holm June 17, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Formula1mom, while I agree with you, there are too many cars that act like a Bicycle is not a vehicle just like them. IMHO, Driver's Ed should start with Bicycle Ed. If you're on a bike, you should not be on the sidewalk, you should be sharing the road with cars. If you can't act responsibly on a Bicycle in traffic, you shouldn't get a driver's license. Period.
paulette June 17, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Why not simply have respect for one another on the road and put down the cell phones. What do you mean bicyclists don't stop at STOP signs, neither do cars! If you honk and confront a bicyclist, you ought to be ticketed as well. What's with all the hating?
Formula1mom June 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Paulette- Any given day, I see cyclists breeze right through the 4-way stop @ College/Arroyo/South L. The only exception is families when riding together. When anyone blatantly disregards safety, drivers and cyclists, I have NO problem honking or confronting them. Why would I deserve a ticket? I'm not the one breaking the law and putting others in jeopardy. There is no hate, Paulette. Maybe folks can use a smidgen common sense when on the road? Food for thought.
Formula1mom June 17, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Christian- I agree w/ you as well. My husband & son are always out riding their bikes together (while I jog behind) and they follow the rules of the road. That's all I'm getting at.
Christian Holm June 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM
The College and L street intersection is, IMHO, the only 4 way stop intersection I've ever seen where there's almost never a problem. I've always respected it. The only problem I have is when cars stop and expect me to go first even though it's their turn. That tells me these people are completely clueless about the rules of the road. I usually belly up to it next to a car and go with that car when it's their turn. IMHO riding bicycles on sidewalks is the larger problem. It should absolutely be illegal to do so except on P and Livermore Avenue where the road goes under the tracks. I've seen kids knock one to many people down while riding on the sidewalk, and I'm absolutely ready to start carrying a Louisville Slugger to fend them off! I'm not the only one. Kids (and many others) riding bicycles on Sidewalks are a menace...
Laura June 18, 2013 at 10:51 AM
another helpful thing in both sides learning to "share the road" would be if cyclists didn't ride side by side, leaving one of the cyclists extremely near if not over the bike lane. I cycle And drive, but I don't think some cyclists are courteous when they insist on having the privilege of visiting with their friend while risking their life and causing drivers to be even more cautious than necessary.
david June 19, 2013 at 09:19 AM
What we need is more enforcement on drivers using cell phones, oh I guess that wasn't the problem, then how about some seat belt enforcement or a DUI checkpoint.
Suzie Bennett McClung June 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM
I run on the road and against traffic so that I can see YOU! I don't have blind faith that you will stop for me or even share the road. I take responsibility for my actions and don't dart into traffic, run through stop signs, and I'd appreciate some courtesy. Share and take turns like you live here!
Cindy June 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM
As all parents do, I'm always stressing to my children that it is their responsibility to make sure they are very careful crossing the street and to never assume a driver will stop for them even if the driver sees them. They were in the car with me when we were stopped waiting to cross 4th Street. Two young girls were attempting to cross 4th Street in a crosswalk while walking with their bikes. Even though they were completely visible to oncoming (heavy) traffic no one would stop. These poor girls walked out with traffic flying by them in both directions as they crossed. It was crazy! I was so afraid that we were going to witness a very tragic accident. I've tried to cross in a crosswalk on 2nd street with by kids and have had drivers drive right in front of us while we were in the middle of the street! The bottom line is, don't trust that drivers will stop even if you know that they see you.
Christian Holm June 20, 2013 at 09:50 AM
If you enter a crosswalk with your car while there is a pedestrian in it, you are committing a moving violation. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21950.htm
Becky June 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM
I'm so sick of people driving like a bat out of he!!. I'd like to ride my bike more, but it's scary. And that guy in the Cattleman's parking lot must have been driving pretty fast for the pedestrian to fly up and over the windshield. So many people are just hauling it through parking lots. It's arrogant. I drive the posted speed limit, and I see people pass me going 10 mph over, and then I see them at the next red light. It really doesn't pay to speed, driving through town, because of all the lights.
Robert June 21, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Laura-BINGO-I agree totally on this one-I see bikes 'double-file' ALL THE TIME-Who do some of these people think they are????PONCH AND JOHN (from the tv show CHiPS). If bicyclists are in the bike lane, they need to go 'single-file' so that motorists don't have to go into the lane next to them to get around the 'double-file' bikes! Not only is it dangerous for both the bikers, but it can be dangerous for the vehicles, possibly causing an accident. If bikers want to talk to each other (which I think is the reason they ride side by side) they should maybe just pull off to the side and stop....take a rest, talk for a few minutes, then continue on. Better yet, if bike lanes are wide enough, THEN the bikers can ride side by side.

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