Out of towner mows down woman walking across a red signal.
Linda Settnek, 67, of Pacific Grove died Jan. 29, two days after the collision.
The collision occurred at Pine and Forest avenues. The California Highway Patrol, Monterey Fire Department and an ambulance responded to the accident.
The Pacific Grove Police Department, with assistance from the CHP, determined that the pedestrian was at fault for walking against the traffic signal. The driver, a 67-year-old man from Sunland, cooperated with the investigation. Alcohol was not a factor in the collision and there were no violations on the part of the driver.
92 year old driver not paying attention near park.
The pedestrians, an 11-year-old girl and her 60-year-old grandmother, were crossing the street near Lovers Point park just after 3 p.m. when Gordon Eugene made a left turn onto Ocean View Boulevard, failed to see them and hit them, Pacific Grove police said.
Pine Cone reports it was a 55 year old woman driving.
Don Murphy said the tragic crash happened in front of his home. He didn’t hear the collision but said he saw the aftermath when he opened his door to determine why emergency lights were flashing outside.
“The victim, a woman, was lying motionless, face down, in the street,” he recounted. “The driver of the car — an SUV? — that hit her was quite upset while being interviewed by police.”
The City Council will consider the approval of a Resolution naming the month of May 2008 as “Pedestrian Safety Month” as part of the Pacific Grove Police Department’s ongoing efforts to promote pedestrian safety throughout the City.
Reference: Police Chief Engles
Recommended Action: Adopt the Resolution
Sometimes hard to see people crossing the street downtown, but please do try and look.
Even harder to see the pedestrians (or the pedestrians see cars) at Fountain & Lighthouse when delivery trucks block the crosswalk because someone that drives a gold Chevy pickup (presumably an employee of Victorian Corner) uses the “Loading Zone” as a personal all-day parking place.
I walk nearly every day in Pacific Grove. And nearly every day, no matter where I am walking, drivers do not stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. I can be off the curb into the crosswalk or even in the middle of a wide street and have eye contact with them and they still don’t stop. Please, drivers, respect the pedestrians, speed limits and stop signs!
Chamberlin, 72, was killed late Thursday while taking the familiar path home. Chamberlin was walking home after attending the Mission Trail Athletic League wrestling championships at Pacific Grove, an event he had coordinated, when he was hit by a car.
Though he had retired as a teacher 12 years ago, Chamberlin was still wearing a path between his home and the high school, still coaching and directing other athletic events.
Officers said Roger Holiday, the 74-year-old driver of the car that hit Chamberlin, apparently did not see Chamberlin in the crosswalk. Holiday was headed west on Sunset Drive, which is a part of Holman Highway.
A driver behind Holiday said he saw someone in the crosswalk. But it was too late to stop.