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Pedestrian in Wheelchair Hit by Car on Altadena Drive

The accident occurred Thursday afternoon around 3:10 p.m. at the intersection of Altadena and Holliston.

A man in a wheelchair was hit by a car Thursday afternoon while he was attempting to cross Altadena Drive, near the intersection with Holliston Avenue, according to witnesses at the scene.

The man was transported to the hospital but was able to talk according to Khan Ricards, a witness at the scene.  Ricards said the man did not appear to be in critical condition.

California Highway Patrol officers at the scene confirmed the accident, but directed further questions to the department's media offices.

The call came in at 3:13 p.m, according to the CHP incident log.  By 3:30 the man had been transported away.  At that time his wheelchair still sat in the middle of the road, and a small smear of blood was on the street nearby.

Ricards said after the man was hit, he rolled and then his chair fell over and he banged his head on the road.  By the time the chair fell over, it had already slowed down significantly, she said.

The driver who struck the pedestrian was also on scene, but said she was too upset to speak about the accident.  She said she was trying to find out what hospital the man in the wheelchair was transported to so she could go there and see how he is doing.

According to the CHP log, the man was transported to the Huntington Hospital.

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Editor's note: The originial version of this story labeled Altadena Drive as Altadena Boulevard.

Patrizzi Intergalactica March 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM
People drive their big effing trucks like maniacs plus now with the mutation to cyborg, some are simply unable to disconnect from texting while driving.
Cassandra Morris March 23, 2012 at 02:30 AM
What a horrible incident! I hope the man is okay & makes a speedy recovery.
Karin Bugge March 23, 2012 at 03:41 AM
That's a tricky corner, with all the vegetation, there are blind spots -- I don't even like crossing it in a car. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions as to whether the driver was negligent, not yet.
Lisa Maiorana March 23, 2012 at 04:03 AM
exactly
Mara Schaeffer March 23, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I think I saw the man in the wheel chair when I was driving up Raymond below Woodbury earlier in the afternoon. He was bordering on being out in the traffic lane, didn't seem to be in full control of his chair. There was no traffic besides myself, so that wasn't a problem at that time. It looked a little unusual. I hope he will be okay.
Mea Culpa March 23, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Mara: look at the pictures - there are no sidewalks, it's trash day, and the trash bins are along the curb forcing anyone in a wheelchair out into the street. As for maintaining control, the chair has only two large drive wheels, and multiple small "balance" wheels; hitting anything larger than a bottle cap is going to have an effect in the direction which the rider would have to correct... while you were being observant and taking such good notes: did you notice if there were a lot of small stones and/or twigs and/or bumps in the pavement on/in the road when you "THINK you saw THIS man earlier?" I, too, hope the man is OK.
Steve Lamb March 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Just a suggestion- perhaps for their own safety, people riding in those electric wheelchairs on pavement should have big high yellow or orange flags mounted on them. I have friends who use these things and they are short enough that it would be really difficult to see them in the best road circumstances. To top that off they are usually black or gray, also making them difficult to see.
Dickinson March 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
isn't it Altadena Drive?
Mea Culpa March 23, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Between 1991 and 1995 there were 7,121 injuries or fatalities involving a wheelchair and a vehicle - which includes things like not being properly secured while IN a vehicle. Of those 7,121 incidents, 43 resulted in death. That's 8.6 fatalities per year, on average. Between 2000 and 2009, there were a total of 46,856 pedestrians killed, for an average of 468.5 per year. For every person killed in a wheelchair-vehicle collision there are approximately 50 pedestrians killed. If anyone needs headlights, taillights and reflectors - it's not people in wheelchairs! References: http://www.nhtsa.gov/DOT/NHTSA/Vehicle%20Safety/Articles/Associated%20Files/Wheelchair.pdf http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811394.pdf
Dan Abendschein (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Yes, will change, thanks
Dan Abendschein (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I met the driver who hit the pedestrian, and while I did not see the accident and can't say anything factual about that as a witness, I have to say the driver did not seem like the reckless type. She was a very nice, older lady who was distraught about what happened. I have crossed that street as a pedestrian (once) and as a biker (repeatedly) and it is a tough one. It's wide and people drive fast, and at Holliston, like at most intersections, there are no crosswalks, no lights, no signs, or any other improvements for pedestrians.
Vicki Paluch March 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The sidewalks on Altadena Drive are on the north. I would check with Public Works to find out if anything is planned for sidewalks on the southside from Maiden Lane east. The northside was completed two years ago, I think.

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