March 22 2013 Update: Redwood City Police determine driver not at fault in this fatal right hook.
The scope of the Farm Hill Boulevard traffic calming proposal in Redwood City, California just happens to include the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Alameda De Las Pulgas, where the driver of a pickup truck apparently made a right turn and steered his death machine into a 14 year girl on Monday morning. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
My condolences to the family, friends and classmates of this teenage cyclist who was just riding her bike to school.
Because the driver of the pickup truck wasn’t found to be drunk or otherwise distracted, Redwood City police sergeant Sean Hart says it “may have been just an accident,” according to the Mercury News.
A recent traffic survey on Jefferson Avenue where this ‘accident’ took place shows 65% of drivers criminally violate the speed limit. Redwood City transportation engineers recommend a 4-3 lane reduction here. Other city staff recommended against traffic calming, but Redwood City Council, to their credit, asked the transportation department to continue with plans to calm traffic on Farm Hill Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue. Jefferson is five lanes at its intersection with Alameda de las Pulgas.
In other news, the California Highway Patrol reported 31 fatalities over the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. Two pedestrians were killed, including a wheelchair-bound person who had the right-of-way in a crosswalk near Lake Elsinore, CA. The tally does not include a 45 year old Los Gatos cyclist killed in a roundabout in Truckee.