Thursday, August 27, 2009

Old Female Pedestrian Killed by 65-Year Old Driver

Gail Connelle, a 64-year old employee of Walgreens, was on her way to work when she was struck down by a 65-year-old man who was driving a Lexus on Beach Boulevard.

Lt. Ted Boyne of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said that Connelle began crossing the street eastbound when she was hit by the Lexus. She was rushed to the hospital due to serious injuries but died shortly after.

Her brother Michael Caserta of Garden Grove said that Connelle always took extra care when she would come and go. Currently, there have been no citations or arrests made as the incident is still under investigation.

Authorities are investigating whether Connelle was walking within the crosswalk when she was hit by the car.

Pedestrian safety is a serious issue. A pedestrian is any person on foot or who uses a conveyance such as roller skates, skateboards, or even a person with a disability in a wheelchair. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one in six traffic fatalities is a pedestrian.

Pe¬destrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks. Motorists are supposed to respect the right of way and yield to pedestrians crossing at corners or other crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is in the middle of the block and at corners with or without traffic lights, whether or not the crosswalks are marked by painted lines.

While the law states that drivers must take care for the safety of pedestrians, pedestrians likewise have the responsibility to take care of themselves and make sure they obey all traffic rules and signals.

Another thing pedestrians have to do is to practice defen¬sive walking and be aware and look out for im¬patient drivers before assuming that you have the right-of-way. Pedestrians should not suddenly leave a curb or other safe place and walk or run into the path of a vehicle close enough to be a danger to you even if you are in a crosswalk.

The law won’t be able to help you if you walk or run straight into the path of a driver who can’t stop in time to avoid hitting you.