Negligent drivers at corner of Oregon and California

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    Warning to pedestrians to take care and drivers to please pay attention! I was almost hit at the corner of Oregon and California (Shadowland side) on January 12 when crossing Oregon when a driver in a large black truck proceeded to sail through a left hand turn without so much as slowing down.

    I was paying attention to my surroundings, wearing bright colors in the daylight, and only crossing when the light said so. Halfway through my crossing the vehicle turned and made no attempt to slow down so I had to run the rest of the way and nearly got clipped anyway. The driver did not seem to acknowledge any of this had happened, much less slow down or stop to see if I was okay.

    I spoke with a couple this morning who reported the same issue at the same exact crossing. There is nothing to block your view no matter which way you are turning here. Slow down and pay attention for goodness’ sake!



    dear katie,

    maybe you need to keep your eyes peeled boo. look both ways ;)

    -cindy lou



    This is just one of many near misses for pedestrians at this intersection. There are other documented cases, and it’s happened to me there, too. SDOT should change this to an all ways pedestrian only cycle or a leading pedestrian interval intersection. A pedestrian should not have to stop in the middle of a crosswalk to look both ways. For sure the diver should have kept their eyes peeled and did not. You can’t avoid all driver mistakes and negligence but you can design the intersection to be more safe for people walking.



    A man was run over in this same crosswalk a while back by an elderly driver, I believe there were several people in the crosswalk at the time.

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