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Albany Girl, 10, Hit in Crosswalk, Leg Fractured

A vehicle turning onto Masonic from Solano next to the overhead BART tracks hit a 10-year-old Albany girl Tuesday afternoon, sending the child to the hospital with a fractured leg, police said. The driver was not cited.

Northwest-facing view from under the BART tracks of Masonic (left) and Solano avenues in Albany where a girl, 10, suffered a fractured leg on Jan. 21, 2014 when she was hit by a westbound vehicle turning south onto Masonic. Photo: Charles Burress
Northwest-facing view from under the BART tracks of Masonic (left) and Solano avenues in Albany where a girl, 10, suffered a fractured leg on Jan. 21, 2014 when she was hit by a westbound vehicle turning south onto Masonic. Photo: Charles Burress
A 10-year-old Albany girl suffered a fractured leg Tuesday afternoon when she was hit by a vehicle turning onto Masonic Avenue from Solano Avenue, according to Albany police.

The victim was crossing Masonic with two other children about 3:19 p.m. when a vehicle traveling west on Solano turned southbound onto Masonic, police said. All three children fell to the ground in the collision, but the other two were not struck.

The injured child suffered no other injuries and was conscious and able to speak when police arrived. Her parents too came to the scene, and she was taken to a local hospital with fractures in the two bones of the lower leg, the tibia and fibula, police said.

The woman driving the car was watching for oncoming traffic and did not see the children, according to a source in the police department who asked not to be identified by name.

"It was a slight impact," the source said.

No citation was issued, and the case is closed, the police source said.

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Isabelle de Rezende January 31, 2014 at 01:38 AM
My daughter and I saw this accident happen from the corner of Key Route and Solano. It was very disturbing to see and also to *hear* it happen. I certainly hope the driver will be cited! As for that intersection, it has felt a bit unsafe to me for a while. Just the other day my daughter and I were blatantly cut off as we tried to cross Masonic at the same exact spot. That car was coming from the Berkeley side of Solano, thus from the opposite direction of the car that hit the child most recently. The car that cut us off was going a lot faster too. A huge problem at that intersection is that cars coming from two directions on Solano make turns on two sides of Masonic. So even when kids do as instructed, press the button, and look right and left, they are still in danger of being hit by turning vehicles. Since so many children walk to and from school in Albany, and given what just happened, changing the traffic rules at that intersection seems overdue. The Albany City Council should think about installing turning arrows and banning rights on red during certain hours.
Paul D January 31, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Brian… "Paul I'm trying to figure out what your talking about." It isn't *that* tough to figure out. Unless its part of the culture to willfully not understand the process and effect of giving people tickets. Oddly enough, I remember days when you Brian have stood outside the Ocean View school handing out tickets to people. Ticketing bad driver actions is the same as hitting a mule with a 2x4 to get their attention. Nothing else works. And the effect is magnified because other drivers see the miscreant getting a ticket and *they* miraculously become better drivers too. I know cops avoid giving tickets like the plague for many reasons.. fear, pressure from above, lack of concern, resistance to getting out of their mobile security zone etc but the net result of not ticketing people is to give them a green light to do whatever they want. Case in point: I ride a motorcycle daily and have for over 40 years. Big bike, lots of power, takes skill to ride in local traffic. That is not the most dangerous thing I do every day though. WALKING up and down Solano is by far the most dangerous thing I do. As in yesterday, middle of the day and my partner and I almost got hit TWICE by people not stopping for us IN THE CROSSWALKS as they approach Solano Ave. Now this little girl got hit and seriously injured in exactly the same way. We dodged, she didn't. Without enforcement things degenerate. Argue the fine points of what a citation is or isn't but at least write the damn things and get the drivers attention.
Paul D January 31, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Just an additional note Brian. These drivers who routinely try to run over us while we're walking on Solano are not drunk, they're not drugged, they're your standard-issue younger Albany resident types (my guess is 28~40), usually driving a nice new car with bright clean shiny windows. AND THEY DON'T CARE. They're not chemically impaired, they're morally and ethically challenged because nobody in authority has ever told them in a tangible money-out-of-their-pocket way they're doing something wrong. I know that grabbing drunks and drug people is MUCH more lucrative for the police departments but hey, lets get out there and give ordinary people their piece of the citation action too. Its only fair.
JW January 31, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Agree, Paul. When I confronted the woman who nearly hit a cyclist the other day, she said "I saw her." Oh, so you DELIBERATELY scared the cyclist and the rest of us watching by trying to cut her off?
Amy Smolens February 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Tonight is the first Albany Traffic & Safety Commission meeting since this incident. This is a good time to address your concerns with the Commission, City Staff and perhaps Albany PD (they often attend the beginning of the meeting to give reports.) The meeting is tonight at 7 pm at City Hall and Public Comment is early in the meeting. I hope some of you who have expressed your concerns in this forum will speak at tonight's meeting to let the City know how you feel.

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