Accident at Muirwood Park Crimes & Incidents, posted by Sad and concerned, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm
I'm hoping and praying that the person (child?) injured this afternoon on Muirwood Drive right in front of the park will be all right. I heard the sirens and saw the medi-vac helicopter land and knew it had to be very serious. My son told me that he saw the child laying in the street in front of a car. So very sad... this has been a dangerous situation the last few weeks with late afternoon practices letting out at dusk and cars and big SUVs lining the fairly narrow street, with kids and parents coming and going, sometimes rushing, and then activity all Saturday. PLEASE SLOW DOWN and watch for pedestrians!!!!
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm
I also heard the emergency vehicles and helicopter. Now before someone starts betting on what happened and labeling someone the "guilty party", lets look at this a little closer.
I travel by that park very frequently and that location has been an "accident waiting to happen" since the park was improved. I can't count the number of times I've witnessed small children run out in the street while mommy or daddy are loading/unloading their vehicle and paying absolutely no attention to their children(toddlers to 5-8 year olds).
These are not pedestrians, these are children that suddenly dart out in the street from the front or rear of vehicles parked at the curb.
This is a park that's heavily used during weekdays by toddler play date groups and soccer groups on Saturday.
Another problem on that street - mom/dad suddenly opening the drivers side door into traffic without looking. As was said, the width of this street doesn't seem to be your "average" street.
I'm not saying an "SUV driver on a cell phone" couldn't be responsible, I don't know. I'm simply saying - If you're not familiar with the street/park, let's not place blame before all the details are known. That seems to be a common theme here at times.
Let's all hope this is not as serious as it seems and the child is OK.
I drive passed that park very slowly, on full alert, and encourage others to do likewise...
Posted by Sad and concerned, and now relieved, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2008 at 7:12 pm
Thanks for the update and clarification, unclehomerr -- very relieved to hear that the injuries weren't life-threatening or critical, and I'm sure the driver is very relieved as well, since it doesn't sound as if it was his/her fault in this situation. I hope the young child heals quickly.
Also, Jerry has some very good points as well. I don't think this park was ever intended for the volume of use it's been getting, with daily after-school practices and packed weekend games. It's probably one of the few parks in Pleasanton with no off-street parking lot at all. I've been in the same situation many times -- driving through that section of street at 10 mph, keeping my eyes peeled for kids coming out between cars and adults crossing without looking both ways, only to have a car door flung open and a kid hop out on the street side. Or a mom or dad thinking that the best way to get the young one in the car seat is to have the door open wide, derriere or feet hanging into traffic.
Let's all try to be smarter and more careful in this bad spot.
Posted by Concerned, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 19, 2008 at 1:58 pm
People need to be extra careful when driving around parks. My son plays a sport at the Sports Park, and many times kids run in front of my car. I am extra careful so as to avoid having an accident or running someone over. Please, be more careful when driving in areas, like parks, where kids will be around - even if you think you have the right of way, etc, be more careful, these are kids - and you, as the driver, have the obligation to make sure you do not run someone over.
Posted by unknown, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Oct 21, 2008 at 10:08 pm
ISN'T THERE A CELL PHONE LAW AND SPEEDING LAW!!! I see people talking on their cell phones (and,or) speeding down my street all the time. MMMMMMMM funny how there is never an officer in those nice new police cars(Us city tax payers payed for)around.I hope all children and adults are ok crossing streets in this town.