Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle: Mendocino Closed

Mendocino Street is blocked off after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Altadena Friday morning. The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.

Update 3:21 p.m. Read more details about the collision in this Patch article.

Earlier: The California Highway Patrol is still investigating a pedestrian-vehicle accident that happened Friday morning on Mendocino Stree, a CHP official told Patch.

The accident occurred near the Altadena Golf Course and Mendocino Street is blocked off due to the investigation.

Patch will update this story as more details become available.

Lorraine Pozniak December 21, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I used to live right over there. People drive 50+ over near the golf course, because they're in a hurry and being careless. There are a lot of people that walk on that street and most of it has no sidewalks. I used to take my life into my own hands when I walked to Lake...
Pat December 21, 2012 at 09:54 PM
50+? That is a regular occurence on North Lake Avenue - in both directions! I have attended the Traffic Committee meetings, I have spoken to CHP, I have beseiged the Sheriff's department and even Supervisor Antonovich - NO ONE CARES ABOUT SPEEDING IN ALTADENA! My street is a 25 mph limit - what a joke. Even the First Student school bus exceeds 40mph! I'm selling and moving out of Altadena. 12 years is enough time to watch the decline of this community.
anon john December 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Speeding was not involved. The driver of the car allegedly fell asleep, struck a pedestrian and hit a parked car. The pedestrian was killed. This is so tragic, especially at this time of year.
Jessica Hamlin December 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Here is an update I just posted with information from the CHP: http://patch.com/A-06Tf
Georgeglass December 22, 2012 at 05:05 AM
The pedestrian killed was an amazing man, son, father, brother, uncle and friend. This is just so sad! People really need to learn from this and pay more attention! R.i.p. Robert.
not Carl Peterson lll December 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Georgeglass , Sorry to hear. Are you at liberty to say who it was?. Is it public?
anon steve December 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
anon John is right. the driver fell asleep, he was not speeding. I was on the first hole when it happened and it sounded like a massive explosion. The driver is a regular at the course and really well liked. This is just such a terrible tragedy. My thoughts and condolences for all involved.
Helen December 23, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I live on Mendocino and am surprised by the number of pedestrians and bike riders who blindly walk/ride in the middle of the road assuming cars see them and assuming every car will just drive around them.
Tony Parr December 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Re Helen's comment: As a bike rider I rather hope that cars will 'drive around' me, though all too often they come close to taking my foot off. Is Helen assuming that we have no more business in the middle of the road (if we're turning left, for instance) than a pedestrian does? Clearly cyclists on Mendocino need to watch out for some of its residents' driving habits. Tony (Highland Ave, Altadena)
Lorraine Pozniak December 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I lived on Mendocino, right across from the golf course, for over a year. That section of Mendocino gets used like a freeway for people rushing to and from Allen or Lake. Since you live there, Helen, you know that most of it has no sidewalks. Pedestrians have to "walk out in the middle of the road" to walk around parked cars. I always watched out for traffic whenever I walked on Mendocino. Cyclists are considered vehicles and have to follow the same laws as motor vehicles, including riding WITH traffic, not AGAINST it. Pedestrians have the right of way, anyway, no matter what they're doing...
Lorraine Pozniak December 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Clearly PEDESTRIANS on Mendocino need to watch out for some of its residents' driving habits, as well...
Helen December 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Tony Parr... Never assume cars see you just because you have the right to share the road. After a car hits you, your life may be over.
Helen December 27, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Re: Lorraine's comment... "Pedestrians have the right of way, anyway, no matter what they're doing...". That's how pedestrians get killed. Pedestrians need to yield to oncoming traffic "no matter what they are doing." Be smart, be safe, and use common sense when sharing the road with motor vehicles. It's not a contest for who's right and wrong.... Life is too precious to risk walking in the middle of the road. I see people walking in the Street even where there are sidewalks just because they assume drivers see them. If you need to walk around a car.. Stop, Look & Listen first before entering the road... That's what our mommies taught us... Why don't we remember? Would you tell your children to go play in the traffic and not worry about cars because the children have the right of way?? Scarey thought. Choose safety over right & wrong.
Tony Parr December 27, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Helen, I assume nothing. But car drivers frequently behave as if cyclists are invisible, and we should not have to ride as if our main concern is to stay out of your way. That leads to nervousness, hesitancy and mistakes. The simple fact is that we have as much right to be on the road as you do. Your comments rather suggest you don't share this view.
Helen December 28, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Re: Tony Parr's comment.... Why are you insisting on challenging the driving habits of motorists? Bikers are clearly outnumbered by the number of cars on the road. There is nothing you can do to control all the cars on the road, but you can control yourself and make smart choices when riding amidst speeding cars. And hey, I share your view that you have as much right to ride your bike on the street. Just be smart about it and pay attention to oncoming cars... I'm not against bikers... I am a biker too and respect the fact that I will be the biggest loser if I get hit by a car.
Revvell December 28, 2012 at 01:02 PM
"I see people walking in the Street even where there are sidewalks just because they assume drivers see them." Not true. You'll see me walking in the middle of the road (and, being aware of oncoming cars) because of 1) I'm usually one of the first out there and not inclinded to walk into spider webs. For some reason, they tend to take over crossing sidewalks during the night and 2) sprinklers ~ you cannot see where the sprinklers and watering and sometimes, even when I'm walking on the sidewalks I have to walk far into the street to avoid getting wet and 3) there's better lighting in the street than on the sidewalks. I've gone down 3 times w/in the last year because I couldn't see something on the sidewalk. As pedestrians, it's up to us to take care of ourselves. Stop putting blame on others for your lack of awareness. As far as bikes go, personally, I'm afraid to ride mine in the street and admire those willing to do so.
Helen December 30, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Why are they concealing the identity of the driver?? And, did the accident happen in the morning or evening? There are conflicting reports.
Lynda Ott Albright January 05, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Your comments are not correct. The driver was driving eastbound in the westbound lane, allegedly fell asleep (how possible, considering he was going to the golf course to GOLF), hit my brother, then veered again and hit the Mercedes, which was also travelling East to go into the golf course parking lot. My brother was killed on impact, sent through a steel telephone support, severing his spine. The driver walked away.
Lynda Ott Albright January 05, 2013 at 08:00 PM
I couldn't agree more.....the loss the our family and the communities he was a part of is beyond devastating!
Helen January 06, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Lynda, Deep condolences & prayers for your family. Your loss is deeply felt by the community... Know that caring thoughts are with you!
Lynda Ott Albright January 06, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Marty, his name was Robert Ott...he spent 37 years in the restaurant/hospitality industry, 26 years at Claim Jumper.


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