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Pedestrian Hit on Santa Rita at Francisco Street?

Original post made by What happened on Oct 13, 2013

The Contra Costa Times is reporting that a pedestrian was hit by a car on Santa Rita and Francisco around 8:30 PM. This is the crosswalk near Safeway that has the lights that are supposed to flash in the embedded lights in the roadway. What happened? Are the flashing lights in the roadway now working?

Is the person who was hit okay?

Comments (17)

Posted by Fred, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

I use the blinking walking lights downtown and most drivers on First street ignore them. Don't ever trust them.

The Santa Rita street imbedded pedestrian lights were a cheap way for the city to install a cross walk without installing a real street light and slow down traffic. Bad idea Mr. Tessano!

Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

Flashing lights, full stop lights, none of it matters the way people in the town drive. There were three people hit at the crosswalk at Neal and First in one year. All were crossing First St with the green light and all were hit by drivers on Neal turning left onto First St. There is now a left turn light at the corner but the real problem is the idiots talking and texting while they drive. I was nearly mowed down by a driver making a right turn onto First St and not bothering to stop at all. While she looked for traffic from her left, talked on her phone and made that flying turn, I smashed out her tail light with my "walking stick". Next time I'll aim for the side window. Hang up your phone and pay attention you idiots!

Posted by What happened, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

When I was driving on Santa Rita a few days ago during the day time, the embedded lights in the road were not flashing as a person crossed the road.

Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

If the walker did not push the button the lights would not flash. Flashing lights or not -- it's a crosswalk. Pedestrians have the right of way, always. They need to remember that they will not win versus a car but the cars drivers need to start paying attention to their driving and hang up their cell phones.

Posted by What happened, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

The Pleasanton Weekly has updated the article they posted and it indicates that the crosswalk embedded lights may have been suddenly removed a few days ago. The Traffic department is part of the Community Development department according to the city's webpage here Web Link

I see absolutely nothing on the city's web page that indicates these crosswalk embedded lights were going to be removed.

I noticed they were not working a few days ago. There are also lights at Northway and Valley. Does anyone know if they removed these with no public announcement too? I suppose the city wants a few kids at Harvest Park Middle School to be hit by vehicles too?

Posted by concerned resident, a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

They indeed removed the blinking lights a few days ago. This was gross negligence on the city's part to not notify the community of this. The driver would have assumed the road was clear of people since there were no lights flashing. There was no way to know they were removed. I would not have known myself had I not seen them actually removing them last week. I assumed they were upgrading it, but apparently not. I'm shocked and outraged that they would take out those embedded lights without telling anyone! Now look what happened! Whoever made that decision should be ashamed! How extremely irresponsible! Thank God no one was killed. Please put the lights back in before someone is. Or for heaven's sake- at least notify the public so everyone can be aware that lights will no longer flash when pedestrian is crossing!!

Posted by Smiley Face, a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:47 am

Flashing lights or not, drivers have the obligation to slow down and watch for pedestrians when driving through crosswalks. Too many drivers around town are busy texting or chatting on their phones and they are putting all our lives in danger. I'd push for more enforcement of the "Don't text and drive" law and have a zero tolerance toward those who operate their vehicle under the influence of their cell phones.

Posted by Kangaroo, a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2013 at 5:39 am

Who got hit and how are they?

Posted by What happened, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

I believed that concerned resident is right. They lights were removed!!! Unbelievable!!! I drove down Santa Rita this morning and I could not see any sign of lights in the pavement. Who is the head of the Community Development department that did this? I hope he/she is put on administrative leave while the City Council investigates all circumstances regarding this.

Posted by kbenson, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Oct 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

That crosswalk is VERY dangerous. I witness vehicles going quite fast- I would estimate at least 10MPH above the posted speed limit. Occasionally I see motorcycle officers handing out speeding tickets to the speeders (they get very busy)

I recommend pedestrians either use the valley/santa rita crosswalk (across from 76 station) or santa rita/black across from post office.

Yes I know it may not be very convenient, but I prefer to see people enjoying lives as opposed to hearing about someone hospitalized or worse.

Posted by kbenson, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Update on story-

Web Link

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

the way it really works in the USA is if you get hit or injured and loose a leg, your insurance will help you find your leg...

i rest my case...

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

maybe the lights weren't working as part of the gummint shutdown...

isn't that what Americans and their reps in Washington why whine now?

Posted by Hoops, a resident of Mohr Park
on Oct 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

My wife and I use that crosswalk almost everyday.Here is the absolute truth.The story keeps referring to the lights in the pavement not working or being removed,the fact is the elevated blinking lights have been out of order half the time for the past 3 months or so.A driver going towards Valley would not see the big elevated lights about 50 pct of the times we have crossed the past 3 months.We almost got hit a month ago and we are very cautious.90 pct of the drivers are pretty good about slowing and seeing the pedestrians,but there are about 10 pct that scare the heck out of me.The city should have fixed the elevated lights long ago.

Posted by Sophia, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I have lived in this neighborhood for many years. This is an extremely dangerous intersection; it always has been. I was so happy to see the lights installed, and can hardly believe they took them out! They are really needed. There is so much going on in that vicinity that even when you're driving carefully, you can easily miss the fact that there is a crosswalk there, because it is not obvious and there is a strip mall/business on the other side and on the other side the intersection is blocked by a separate residential street. At 8:30, it would have been dark, and without the lights going, it could easily have been me hitting that poor couple because the lighting there is not very good. That intersection is too dangerous to be without the lights on the crosswalk. Pleasanton should be liable here. As a driver going through that intersection on an almost daily basis, I would fully expect that if there are pedestrians, the lights would be going. Either make it safe, or close off access.

Posted by What happened, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Digging the lights out without any announcement was irresponsible and the city will be sued for millions of dollars.

If they were not working 100% of the time, they should have put one of those large electronic message signs on either side of the crosswalk on northbound and southbound Santa Rita warning about the malfunction. If they removed the pavement lights from the sidewalk, the large electronic message sign should have said so in order to warn drivers.

Also, pedestrians should have been warned about the removal of the lights with signs on each side of the street or the crosswalk should have been closed.

Posted by Hoops, a resident of Mohr Park
on Oct 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

Again,the BIGGER issue is the large elevated beacons that have also been malfunctioning on a frequent bass.

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