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Pedestrian dies after being hit by car on First at Abbie streets

Original post made on Nov 16, 2015

A pedestrian was killed Sunday evening after being hit by a car on First Street at Abbie Street.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 16, 2015, 7:13 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by Tragic
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

We don't know yet if this was a case of (lack of) visibility, but everybody please remind your family members who walk after dark to wear visible/reflective clothing and to remember they are invisible to car drivers. Just last night, while driving home on Foothill Rd, I was surprised by a walker/jogger in the bike lane. He was walking in the same direction of traffic and wearing dark clothing. A driver drifting into the bike lane could not possibly see him in time to stop or slow.

Posted by Please Slow DOWN
a resident of Old Towne
on Nov 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

This is a really sad event. I cross this street often and with my kids for past 10 years, and today drivers overall are much more haphazard than when I moved here.

I am sad, and angry...

The previous week, my daughter and I dodged a car that didn't stop. This could have been us...

PLEASANTON POLICE, you are never present on First street when it matters... only looking for revenue out of connivence. CAMP out here now...

LOVELY CITY COUNCIL, time for flashing lights in the cross walks EVERYWHERE ?

Cost of one tax payer verse... cost of flashing light ?


Posted by wondering
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

That is a bad intersection. I also want people to know that the exit from the West Pleasanton BART station is an accident waiting to happen. PLEASE put a light in there before someone dies!

Posted by Boysmom
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

Received an e-mail from my son's teacher stating that it was an Amador student.
I'm very saddened to hear this.

Posted by Driver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

I agree with Tragic, above. Make yourself visible! There were several times last week that individuals popped up, totally invisible until in front of my's way too late at that point. Dark hair, dark clothes do not attract attention. It is tragic. Walkers and drivers must both be attentive and visible to the other. Walkers can stop with one foot up, heavy vehicles require several feet and seconds to stop.,,,even when seen.
Maybe this should be mentioned in our schools.

Posted by RIP
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

That is so sad. Prayers to the family.

Posted by Rob
a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

This is a city wide issue. As the population in the area continues to grow, the city needs to make it harder for all cut through traffic. On Rheem Dr in the Mohr Park area, cars routinely touch 40-50 mph on a residential street. The city blows it off. We shouldn't be waiting for people to get killed to take action. This is at least the 6th person to get killed in the last few years. 2 in front of Safeway, 1 on Stoneridge, 1 on Foothill...

Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

I'm going to mention something that I know some people might consider it a racist remark, but, believe me my intentions are not that at all. We have a very diverse community of residents now living here, many from countries that have more walkers, bike riders than you can imagine. Oh yes, they have vehicles and trucks as well, all tooting their horns in a hurry to get somewhere. Many make a mad dash between vehicles to get across the street and pay little or no attention to signs, if there are any. Some places allow crossing any way, including through the middle of an intersection. I see it every day where people set foot off the curb without looking. I see people talking on their cell phones as they cross the street, not paying attention. I also see many bicyclists adult and youth darting in and out, not walking their bikes across the street. How sad to hear that this might be a youth who lost their life.

Posted by condolences
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:41 am

Sincere condolences to the family. Such sad news.

I live on Crellin Rd. in Vintage Hills. The city installed speed humps. They don't help, at all. I only need to be outside for 2 minutes getting the mail to see someone speeding up or down the street with no regard to the speed humps. Drivers go right down the middle of the street and 'split the lane' to avoid them or they just drive fast over them for the thrill of it. And it's not just the teenagers; in fact, most are not teen drivers but adults who should know better.

Posted by Anne
a resident of Mission Park
on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:56 am

My sincere condolences to the family.

I share the concerns of others who have mentioned the speeding that goes on in our city. I regularly cross Bernal and very few drivers obey the speed limit of 35 miles an hour; they don't even always slow down when they see a pedestrian in the cross walk. At PMS every day I witness unsafe driving:double parking, stopping in the road and getting kids to jump in, U-turns on Case Ave, trying to turn right when kids are in the crosswalk. The mentality is I need to be somewhere in a hurry and no one else matters. As our traffic congestion grows so does this selfish behavior. I am not surprised that very few kids walk/ bike to school because of this.

And please city council carry out a safety review of all the pedestrian crosswalks in the city. First Street is so dark that it is almost impossible to see anyone crossing until the very last moment.

Posted by Drivers not the only problem
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:27 am

Yes, we have bad drivers. Yes, some drivers are exceeding the speed limit. But that's only part of the problem.

I don't know what the facts are surrounding this tragic event, so I won't say or imply this applies to this case.

After dark, even when you are driving within the speed limit, pedestrians in crosswalks, walkers, and joggers wearing all dark clothing are pretty much invisible to me as a driver until I am within a few feet of them when it's too late to take action. So, yes, let's enforce the driving laws and crack down on speeders, but pedestrians also have a responsibility.

Posted by so sad
a resident of Danbury Park
on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

So sad to hear. I almost hit a pedestrian the other day when driving slowly and carefully. It was dark and raining and the pedestrian was in dark clothes. Fortunately, I saw her at just the last minute.

Realizing how difficult it is for drivers, even careful drivers, i am now am carrying a flashlight and putting a light on my dogs collar so we are highly visible at night. Also double checking that the driver has seen me before stepping off the curve, especially at corners or where there is no light.

Posted by Christine M
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm

very sad indeed. very dark at that intersection as well. But even in broad daylight cars do not stop for pedestrians at all anymore. I was in the middle of the street last week walking my dog and almost got run down by ACE train riders hauling ass down Pleasanton Ave at the last minute to make their train. then one driver told me to hurry up as he was about to miss the train. Here is an idea-leave earlier.

Also please City traffic guy--Can we PLEASE get a 4way stop sign at [email protected] You put in 4 crosswalks and every assumes it's a 4way. Just this morning, I almost got hit by a speeding van at the intersection as I was a passenger in a airport van and the driver assumed it was a 4 way stop and he stopped then proceeded to go.

Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm

I agree with "Drivers not the only problem" (and I won't comment on this specific incident since I do not no the details) but everyone needs to live together. There are too many inattentive drivers (I've see slow drivers driving through lights and stop signs or making turns without checking for pedestrians) and there are far too many pedestrians who take their "right of way" too far and don't' care what is going on around them.

Posted by Prayers
a resident of Ponderosa
on Nov 16, 2015 at 3:44 pm

There is a reason there is a word accident, sometimes it's just an unfortunate event. Although I do agree with all the things said above I believe what we should all do at this point is pray for both the person who has passed and his/her family and the driver for he/she will have to live with the pain of knowing they altered so many lives as long as they live.

Prayers people prayers and respect for others.

Posted by Rob
a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm

It seems like 6 or more people being killed by cars in a few years is a problem to me. Sure, you can call it an unfortunate accident until a second person gets runover on 1st street. Someone mentioned Crellin Rd. A 9 year old got run over near the bottom of Crellin years ago. I think the city needs to do more to slow cars down. Even after two people have been killed, the crosswalk by Safeway is still very dangerous. Rheem Dr is a racetrack. With the thousands of people set to move into the Bernal property south of the Fairgrounds, the people walking into downtown will probably double. Have to do more to protect pedestrians.

Posted by Bee
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm

In regards to Wondering's comment about the West Pleasanton Bart station intersection: that truly is a disaster waiting to happen. It's not the fault of the drivers and pedestrians so much as HORRIBLE design. Traffic planners should be making sure situations like this do not exist. That is their job! There is absolutely no reason that the exit from the Bart garage should not be a right turn only, especially during peak traffic hours. People may have to go slightly out of their way and drive around the mall, but those few seconds are worth saving a life. Not to mention, if it was right turn only, everyone would be getting out of the garage much faster and overall, it wouldn't be taking anybody any longer at all.

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