Sheena Marie Barker, 52, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Palo Alto after she was struck by a County SamTrans bus. According to a news report in The Palo Alto Patch, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Webster Street and University Avenue in Palo Alto the morning of December 30, 2010. The Cupertino woman was using the crosswalk when a bus making a left-hand turn struck her. Barker died at the scene of the accident. An investigation is ongoing.
My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Sheena Marie Barker. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic pedestrian accident.
Santa Clara Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 24 were injured in Palo Alto pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 22 fatalities and 466 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Santa Clara County.
What Caused This Fatal Pedestrian Accident?
It appears, based on the news account, Barker was in a crosswalk at the time of this pedestrian versus bus accident. All motorists are required under California law to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
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