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 approaching 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 during 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 critical injuries.
Medical Condition Update
On Tuesday, September 18, police said the young girl was still in critical condition but remained stable. After the news broke about the 10-year-old’s injuries, 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 and a slight brain bleed. The page’s goal 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, which is even truer for children. As drivers, we are responsible for driving with caution near school zones. Here are some safety tips for driving around them:
- Recognize school zones – Whether 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. Most school zones are marked by multiple warning signs, speed bumps, and/or flashing lights. Keep your eyes on the road and know 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 signs to avoid slamming on your brakes at the last minute.
- Expect increased traffic – Dense traffic is common around school zones, and there are two primary 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. Drive slowly during these times to keep nearby students and parents safe.
- Be on the lookout for a high volume of pedestrian crosswalks – Several such walkways may be positioned around school zones to allow easy access to the school for parents and kids. These crosswalks appear as parallel white pavement markings from both sides. Always yield to oncoming pedestrians, even if they are walking outside of the marked crosswalks.
Watch YouTube Video: On Patrol – Pedestrian Safety. In this short news clip, CHP officer David Singer talks about pedestrian safety to Great Day on KMPH Fox 26.
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