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Student struck by vehicle in early-morning collision

Submitted by on 1, October 5, 2010 – 1:44 pm6 Comments

Police said an 11-year-old student suffered no visible injuries after being struck by a vehicle early Tuesday morning. The child, who was not identified, was transported to Children’s Hospital in Oakland out of “an abundance of caution,” Alameda Police Lt. Sean Lynch said.

Lynch said that the boy was struck at 7:58 a.m. Tuesday as he rode his bike across the street in front of the Academy of Alameda Middle School at 401 Pacific Avenue. He said the driver who had slowed in front of the school believed a civilian was waving him through and that the driver struck the boy.

Lynch said the boy got up after being struck by the car but was taken by paramedics to Children’s. He said the boy complained of pain but had no visible injuries.

6 Comments »

  • Donna Eyestone says:

    Terrible news. Please, Alameda drivers — tomorrow – Weds 10/6 is Walk and Roll to School day. Thousands of Alameda children will be out biking and walking to and from school. Some seasoned riders, some not. So please be especially vigilant and patient as you drive (or better yet – walk or bike yourself if you are able!).

  • Doug Biggs says:

    I travel that route every day, and it is crazy dangerous in front of the Academy. Parents are dropping kids off and in the process blocking Pacific where it intersects with Marshall. The folks that have already dropped of kids are swerving into the left lane in order to make a U-turn on Pacific RIGHT THROUGH THE MAIN CROSSWALK! It is unfortunate that an accident has to happen before any action takes place, but 2 simple steps the police could do would make this spot so much easier 1) stop left or u-turns at Pacific and 4th. Ticket anyone that double parks to drop off (either use the parking lot or drive about 100 yards down the street where there is lots of parking) a week of heavy enforcement should get the idea across. While they are out there, they could also ticket cars stopping in front of Longfellow school, which is now backing traffic up across Lincoln. Make them go around the corner on to Pacific to drop kids off.

  • There was a community meeting, sponsored by the City, a few years back at that location to look at what to do about the awful pedestrian situation. Unfortunately, some of the most common sense alternatives were rejected by city staff because of the desire to maintain four-five lanes of traffic on Lincoln and maximize some theoretical, possible need for non-existent traffic that might get bad in 30 years.

  • Jon Spangler says:

    I’m with John Knox White: the City had all of the community and design input it needed years ago from various school- and West-End-related planning and transportation initiatives.

    It is time to put people – especially the more vulnerable ones- first, not speed and cars….

  • Jalena Bingham says:

    I am with others that commented. I drove by seconds after this accident and it was truly awful to see that poor boy in pain. I am so glad to hear he’s okay. Every morning on my drive, I see parents swerving, making u-turns, speeding, and double parking where Pacific meets Lincoln in order to drop off their kids. It’s complete madness (even today, the day after the accident, and on walk and roll to school day, it was business as usual). I would love to see stepped up enforcement from APD for a while to make sure our kids and other pedestrians are safe.

  • timm says:

    I think A.P.D should start by telling these little kids to pull there pants up an walk stright. Then have the parents park proper when they drop there kids of instead of double an triple parking in the middle of the street like they own it.

    The kids our out of control .. What is up with kids walking down the middle of the street.. Kids do not even use sidewalks any more.

    I hope the kid on the bike is ok!!

    timm

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