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What happened on Tawny near Touriga today?

Original post made by MainStreetDiva on Jul 2, 2009

I saw many police, fire, & emergency vehicles on Tawny near Touriga tonight (Thursday) around 7pm. Does anyone know what happened?


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm

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I live near there and what I heard is that 2 teenagers were crossing at the crosswalk and were hit by a car. One of them sounded severely injured. This is all hearsay though. I'd also like to know facts if anyone has them - mostly if the two girls are okay!

Posted by sue, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 3, 2009 at 8:12 am

Good Morning America showed it scrolling across the bottom of screen. Two teen age girls were hospitalized after being hit buy a lexus in a Pleasanton cross walk.

Posted by resident, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 3, 2009 at 8:15 am

Anyone know if the driver was on a cell phone? If so, the PD should charge them with attempted homicide.

Posted by MainStreetDiva, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 3, 2009 at 8:21 am

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Channel 2 news reported this morning that two teenage girls, ages 14 and 15, were hit by a Lexus last night. The Lexus was driven by a 40-something Pleasanton woman. The report mentioned that alcohol does not appear to be a factor. No further details yet.

Posted by MainStreetDiva, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 3, 2009 at 8:22 am

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Forgot one detail: According to KTVU, the girls were in the crosswalk when they were hit.

Posted by Newshound, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2009 at 8:32 am

From CBS5 Local Wire



Two teenage girls were hospitalized Thursday evening when a vehicle struck them in a Pleasanton crosswalk.

Officers responded to the intersection of Tawny Drive and Norton Way at around 7 p.m., where a 14 and 15-year-old girl had been hit walking in a crosswalk by a Lexus sedan, according to the Pleasanton Police Department.

Both girls were taken to a hospital to be treated for their injuries, which were not expected to be life threatening, according to police.

The Lexus driver, 43-year-old Pleasanton resident Sandra Ogolin, was reportedly traveling at the posted 25 mph speed limit when she hit the girls. She was not injured in the crash.

Police are investigating the cause of the incident, and do not believe alcohol was a factor.

Posted by Ca94566, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 3, 2009 at 8:42 am

I'm glad they were not injured seriously however, why is it always the drivers fault? Were the girls on their cell phones? My mom taught me to look both ways, before crossing the street.

Yes, the pedestrian has the right of way, but give me a break! Cars are bigger than we are, how about we being more careful too? I can't tell you how many times I'm backing (reverse lights on) out of a parking space and people walk behind me assuming I see them. Fortunately, I have.

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2009 at 9:22 am

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I am SO glad to hear that the injuries are likely not life threatening! My neighbor had said that one of the girls was not moving, so I was worried.

I have had the same frustration, Ca94566. Everyone complains about Suburbans and how dangerous they are - then why do people walk right behind me when I'm pulling out of a parking space? Like you, fortunately I go slowly and watch carefully and so have always seen them in far. I also don't like it when people suddenly come into the roadway from between two cars.

However, in this case - if the girls were out in the crosswalk, I don't see much excuse for getting hit. It's true, no one should ever insist on their right of way (especially pedestrians) but if I'm out in the crosswalk I should be able to expect the car to stop. Yes, they should be paying attention and perhaps they were chatting with each other, but in that case I still feel the fault lies with the driver of the car.

My neighbor suggested that perhaps the driver's visibility was poor. The sun can hit at a challenging angle along Tawny at certain times of the day, so it's not a bad theory.

Posted by resident, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

It seems to come down to common sense or lack thereof. Drivers are too self-centered to pay attention, walkers in the crosswalk feel that they have the right of way (they do!) but fail to account for cell yapping SUV drivers and as it has been pointed out, people just do dumb things. I watch people every Friday on First St jaywalking with arms full to put their stuff in the park before the concert. Cars drive too fast and do not yield to the crosswalks, why would a jaywalker feel safe there? Lack of common sense.

Posted by Assume nothing, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 3, 2009 at 11:04 am

How do we know the two girls didnt dart out infront a moving car, why do you assume its the drivers fault? why do we need to charge attemted homcide for a traffic accident? Why dont people in this town ever think before they open thier quick to judge but slow to act mouths.

Posted by tyu, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I almost hit two girls, at night, who were both in all black, and talking to each other and never even looked up. It was not well lit, I saw them last second and stopped in the intersection. I think legally it's pretty much always the driver's fault, but as pedestrians we need to not give a car a chance to hit us. I ride a motorcycle and the same thing applies. I can't allow a car to hit me, no matter who's fault. We need to teach and execute old school pedestrian responsibility, where it can be too late to figure fault once a car hits you.

Posted by jennifer, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I would like first of all to let every one know that my daughter and her best friend will be O.K. After physical rehab and some healing and some time. I would also like EVERYONE to know that the girls were NOT on a cell phone, that they did look both ways and were taken obviously by complete suprise by the woman who was way beyond traveling the speed limit.