Po­lice urge pedes­trian safety dis­cus­sions

The Modesto Bee - - Local - BY AN­DREW KUHN akuhn@mer­ced­sun-star.com

The At­wa­ter Po­lice Depart­ment is ask­ing par­ents to dis­cuss traf­fic safety with chil­dren af­ter a teenager was struck by a car and in­jured in At­wa­ter on Mon­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Ac­cord­ing to At­wa­ter Po­lice Of­fi­cer Michael Rivera, the 17-year-old fe­male was on a skate­board trav­el­ing north through the in­ter­sec­tion of Belle­vue Road and Sev­enth Street with two friends. Rivera said the teenager was in the cross­walk but crossed against the cross­ing sig­nal when she was struck by a pickup truck trav­el­ing west on Belle­vue Road.

The teenager suf­fered moder­ate in­juries to the pelvis as well as lac­er­a­tions to her arms and hands, ac­cord­ing to Rivera. She was trans­ported by Riggs Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to Val­ley Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Madera.

Po­lice say a Merced man was driv­ing the pickup at the time of the col­li­sion. Au­thor­i­ties say he was driv­ing the truck safely at the speed limit, but could not avoid strik­ing the teen. The driver did not show any signs of im­pair­ment at the time of the col­li­sion, ac­cord­ing to Rivera.

“Those signs are there for a rea­son,” Rivera said. “When it’s telling you it’s safe to go and not safe to go, it’s be­cause there is cross traf­fic.”

Po­lice say pedes­tri­ans are not the only vic­tims in a col­li­sion. Drivers must also deal with the men­tal trauma that oc­curs in a crash.

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