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Glendale Auto versus Pedestrian Accident Injures 4-year-old

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A toddler was struck and injured by a motorist in a Los Angeles County pedestrian accident the afternoon of February 27, 2008 as he was crossing the street near a school. According to the Glendale News Press, the pedestrian accident occurred on West Doran Street near Columbus Avenue, which many local residents say has been dangerous for pedestrians, especially children, who cross the street to get to and from school. The 4-year-old who was struck suffered a broken leg. He was hit after he ran to get to the other side of the street where his family was standing.

Local residents say the fact that Doran does not have a crosswalk in the middle of the street for school children is problematic because cars speed on that street. The street also lacks crossing guards and speed signs although there is a freeway entrance close by. One longtime resident in the area says he saw two accidents last year on that street that was caused by speeding vehicles.

I’m extremely relieved that this child did not suffer catastrophic injuries in this Glendale auto versus pedestrian accident. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

I hope this incident serves as a wake-up call for the city of Glendale. Clearly, based on what residents are telling this newspaper, there appears to be a dangerous roadway. There is a freeway entrance close by, so passing motorists are going to have the “speeding” mentality. There are no speed signs posted and no crosswalk for children to cross the street and get to their school safely. I hope the city of Glendale takes the necessary steps to correct this dangerous roadway conditions right away.

If someone were to get injured or killed at that intersection or on that roadway because of the dangerous condition, the city may be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. Under the provisions of California’s Government Code Section 835, a public entity is liable for the damages of a person injured because of a condition of public property when the injured person proves that there was a dangerous condition on the public property, the injury was caused by the dangerous condition and that the dangerous condition created a “reasonably foreseeable risk of injury of the kind that occurred. The same section also states that the public entity can be held liable if it had “actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition a sufficient time before the injury to have taken measures to protect against the dangerous condition.”

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