Fatally injured pedestrian is ID'd
Original post made on Nov 10, 2011
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on Nov 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm
It's very sad that someone was killed crossing this intersection, however this intersection has claimed at least one life before. I live nearby but after almost getting killed myself by someone driving a car I no longer walk through this intersection.
Walking across several lanes of traffic means drivers must wait for a fairly long time but few will wait, most people do not know that you cannot drive though a crosswalk when someone is in the crosswalk.
The only way to make this intersection safe for people walking is for all cars from all directions to have to wait with no turns until the people are safely across the intersection and then the normal red and green signals can start to operate for cars to begin moving. This would seem drastic to most people but not to me as I like to walk.
on Nov 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm
OK, what is wrong with this picture? "It is unclear if Vahidi was in the crosswalk. It also is unclear who was at fault." What is clear, is that Abbas Vahidi was taken to Stanford, an excellent hospital, a location *8.5 miles from the point of injury. Compare this to the location of El Camino Hospital, also an excellent hospital, the location of which is a mere *1.7 miles to the emergency entrance. Under similar life threatening circumstances, where would you choose to be taken? Would you have a choice or would your choice be made for you?
* Distances obtained from Google Maps.
on Nov 11, 2011 at 8:53 am
@Steve, Stanford hosp is the facility used for the most extreme cases in the area, sometimes the state.
Its the hospital of "last resort" that takes the cases that cannot be dealt with by El Camino and other local hospitals. The decision on best treatment facility for an injured person is determined after triage and based on the medical condition of the patient. In many cases its not simply based on what's the closest hospital. But you know that, you're an expert right?