Brentwood Pedestrian Accident Injures Young Girl
Brentwood Pedestrian Accident Injures Young Girl. A 10-year old girl was taken via helicopter to a trauma center after being struck by a vehicle in Brentwood on Monday, September 17, 2018. According to Brentwood police, it was approximately 7:45 a.m. when a Nissan Altima was traveling down Balfour Road in the eastbound lanes and approached an intersection at Guise Way. At the same time, the 10-year old girl was walking to school going northwards across the roadway, using a crosswalk. Police did not mention the vehicle’s speed at the time of the collision. The driver remained at the site of the accident and cooperated with police. The driver did not seem to be under the influence of any illegal substances. A CALSTAR helicopter was requested for pickup at a park behind Garin Elementary School and Edna Hill Middle School. The girl was taken to the UC Davis Trauma Center for her critical injuries.
Medical Condition Update
On Tuesday, September 18, police said that the young girl was still in critical condition, but she remained stable. After the news broke about the 10-year old’s injuries, a woman named Claudia Luce started a GoFundMe page on behalf of the young girl’s father, Nick Longmire. Luce states on the GoFundMe page that the child had sustained multiple fractures in addition to a slight brain bleed. The goal of the page was to help raise money for the girl’s immediate family, and in just a short 15 hours nearly $2,500 was donated. Currently, more than $21,000 has been raised for the Longmire family. To help cover the expenses of the child’s hospitalization, click here.
How to Drive Safely In and Around School Zones
We all want to keep ourselves and others safe when on the road, and this is even truer when it comes to children. As drivers, we hold a responsibility to drive with caution near school zones. Here are some safety tips for driving around them:
- Recognize school zones – Whether they are sleep-deprived while driving in the morning or distracted by a text message, many drivers breeze through designated school zones without care. However, large vehicles around small children can easily be a recipe for disaster without proper attention and focus. The majority of school zones are marked by multiple warning signs, speed bumps, and/or flashing lights. Keep your eyes on the road and be aware of your surroundings to avoid missing these signs.
- Go slower through school zones – Reduced speed limit signs frequently precede school zone areas. Be aware of these noticeable signs, in order to avoid slamming on your brakes at the very last minute.
- Expect increased traffic – Dense traffic is common around school zones, and there are two main time ranges where one can expect potential traffic jams. 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. is the first rush, and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. is the second rush. Drive slowly during these times to keep nearby students and parents safe.
- Be on the lookout for a high volume of pedestrian crosswalks – There may be several such walkways positioned around school zones to allow easy access to the school for parents and kids. These crosswalks appear as a series of parallel white pavement markings going from both sides of the road. Always yield to oncoming pedestrians, even if they are walking outside of the marked crosswalks.
Watch YouTube Video: On Patrol – Pedestrial Safety. In this short news clip, CHP officer David Singer talks to Great Day on KMPH Fox 26 about pedestrian safety.
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