Car Strikes San Francisco Man at Marin and Ordway Crosswalk

The man suffered some head and body injuries but is in stable condition.

A man was hit by a vehicle at the crosswalk on Marin Avenue and Ordway Street Tuesday night.

About 8:15 p.m., the 35-year-old pedestrian from San Francisco was struck by a 63-year-old Berkeley woman driving her Volkswagen Passat, according to Albany Police Sgt. Tom Dolter.

Dolter said the pedestrian suffered some injuries to the head and body and was transported to Highland Hospital. He was listed in stable condition this morning.

"It looks like the pedestrian was in the crosswalk and was hit by the driver in the car," he said.

The case is still being investigated.

Brandon Loveland February 20, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I have to say, crossing that intersection can be harrowing. It's a long crosswalk, on a curve, and sometimes it's hard to see people at night (especially when they are wearing dark clothing.) People also seem to drive faster since it's uphill. Glad that the individual will be ok.
Tom O'Brien February 20, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Glad to hear he's going to be OK, the Marin/Ordway neighbors are all concerned and hope he makes a complete recovery soon - it looked bad at the scene since the car seemed to have been completely past the cross-walk before it stopped and it looked like he had been thrown 30' or more up the hill. Even in the daytime that crosswalk is dangerous - I believe it is even more so on the north side since the traffic is going even faster downhill and the curve of Marin gives no visibility to the east (you have to step into the road to see anything to the east at all). Kids walking to school have very poor choices at this corner since Ordway is over 80' across with no crosswalk and a soft corner that encourages folks to take it too fast and, as we've unfortunately just seen, the Marin crosswalk is dangerous.
Tatter Salad February 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM
While Albany's emergency response team is top-notch, the 10 miles, and more importantly 20 minutes to a a hospital in Oakland needs comment. I'm trying to say that there are emergency issues that require MORE than the ambulance drivers can deal with; an example would be an internal hemorrhage or collapsed lung - and while emergency rooms exist at HALF that distance from Albany, just WHY are lives and brain functions put at risk to race all the way to Highland Hospital?!
Brian Parsley February 21, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Since Highland is the only trauma center in the northern east bay, I would assume the injuries merited that ride and at 8:15 pm it's probably more of a 10 min ride via 580.
Rochelle Nason February 21, 2013 at 04:02 AM
We are neighbors and we NEVER try to use that crosswalk at night - it is much safer to walk down to the crossing lights at Marin and Peralta. Even the Marin and Ventura crossing, which is quite dangerous, is better than the one at Ordway. Do we need so many crosswalks for Marin in such a short distance ? I wonder if they just give pedestrians a false sense of security, when they would really be so much safer walking just a little further to the controlled crossing at Peralta. Hope this pedestrian makes a swift and full recovery, this should never happen to anyone.
Tom O'Brien February 21, 2013 at 04:11 AM
I'm curious about how many other folks eschew the Ordway crosswalk in favor of other crossings? We cross Ordway in the middle of the block (against what would ordinarily be my better judgement and role modeling) to avoid the two bad options at the Marin end but I fear its harder for the folks ON Marin or on Ventura on the north side of Marin to avoid these.
Rochelle Nason February 21, 2013 at 07:10 AM
Crossing any street at its intersection with the curvy part of Marin Ave can feel dangerous, especially at night. We too prefer to cross these streets (Ordway, Ventura, Tulare) away from the intersections, for fear that drivers of fast - moving cars will take turns off Marin and won't see us in time.
David Madson February 21, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Need greater police enforcement with speeding tickets as deterrent. Need to more traffic calming measures to slow traffic. Need brighter street lighting at intersections. Need those flashing crosswalks like Berkeley. Need less distracted drivers not paying attention.
patrick February 21, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I wonder why, after all the traffic fatalities on Marin with pedestrians, we did not get flashing pedestrian lights like El Cerrito has on San Pablo av.
D. Mehrten February 22, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Remember, EVERY intersection is a crosswalk, marked or not. Drivers must be proactive in yielding to pedestrians indicating a desire to cross and yield to them. I was rear-ended twice by impatient following cars (my brake lights were fine and we were both not going very fast) on Gilman in the space of a few months because I was attempting to yield to pedestrians obviously wishing to cross. When I am myself the pedestrian, I notice that about one in ten drivers will stop for me in the appropriate manner; the others just swish on by with no sign of even knowing how inconsiderate they are. They are thinking they have something SO important, I guess, that a small older female on foot can wait. Was that YOU, I wonder?
D. Mehrten February 22, 2013 at 06:34 PM
In case you are thinking I'm an overly cautious little old lady from Pasadena, I submit my credentials--30 consecutive safe driving awards from the National Safety Council for my years as a professional driver with a Federal agency.
Rita Wilson February 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM
This is a good reminder about EVERY intersection being a crosswalk. Thank you, Ms. Mehrten.
Robert Smith February 27, 2013 at 05:13 PM
A hand raised, simulating a rock about to be thrown at the driver's windshield, always stops the car. Walking with a mini flashlight on your keychain is worth great dividends.
Julie Graves March 01, 2013 at 12:35 AM
We returned from vacation to find out about this injury at our corner--so sorry for this pedestrian, and even for the driver too who must be shocked and chagrined. This intersection is clearly dangerous, with fast traffic especially downhill on Marin which is a curved wide street, so neither peds nor drivers can see each other. Living on this block for over 20 years, we are well aware of the dangers of both Ordway/Solano and Ordway/Marin intersections, for both cars and pedestrians: the Marin/Ordway intersection is abnormally wide, with a shallow angle turn onto Ordway that cars really rip around fast. The Solano/Ordway intersection has parked cars and a downslope to the south that makes it especially hard for drivers to see pedestrians in the Ordway crosswalk.As mentioned by others, we too habitually cross in Ordway in mid block so at least we can see the cars coming along, often all too fast since Ordway is anomalously wide at this block. Drivers in a hurry seem to use Ordway as a fast thoroughfare since it has no traffic light at either end and is so wide! Hopefully this unfortunate event will stir the city to action to make these intersections safer.
tr March 02, 2013 at 02:07 AM
mini flashlight, reflective clothing, even lighting up your cellphone may get the attention of a speeding driver. i had one yell out "great idea!" when i lit up my light. i'm sure that nobody drives with intention of hitting a pedestrian, but we have become a society with no patience resulting in rudeness and unsafe practices. i would not encourage the mock throwing of an object as it may result in an out of control swerv.


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