Ped hit near Omni

A truck has hit a pedestrian downtown near the Omni hotel, according to a moments-ago report from the Emergency Communications Center. No additional details were immediately available.

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I guess someone really needed a Big Mac. Virginia is for lovers of cars, not pedestrians. Ban them.

I'm beginning to wonder if other states have the same laws as we do. Today and yesterday cars with out of state licenses didn't stop when I was in the cross walk on Water St. Are we the only ones and maybe they just don't know the law ?

I'm not saying that the driver wasn't at fault...but EVERY time I go down that street, there are pedestrians running through traffic. What I wonder, Betty, is why do pedestrians think they're invincible? Why do they expect drivers to see them? And in this state, it's legal to hold and talk on a cell phone while driving. Ridiculous.

James Huron,
I don't know the particulars of this accident and I agree that pedestrians should not recklessly disregard traffic. The answer to your question though, "Why do pedestrians expect driver to see them?" is simple. Drivers are required to pass a vision test to get a license. It's expected that they can see. Drivers, including me, see signs, trash in the road, stop lights and other cars and they can and do see pedestrians. Too many drivers see pedestrians and choose to deliberately force them to stop as they drive past them in a crosswalk. When I drive I see pedestrians and I yield to them. When I walk I see drivers and I do expect them to see me and stop when I have the right of way. It works for me. I've never hit anyone and I've never been hit.
Cordially,
Kevin Cox

The average native rodent species can cross the street better than the average human charlottesvillian. And think about how much roadkill you see everyday, the people just get an ambulance so they are no longer visible on the roadside.

Really,
What did any pedestrian do to you to prompt such a hateful response, make you slow down a little?
Cordially,
Kevin Cox

Moped was hit somewhere in the city about 9:30 p.m. or 9:40 p.m. I didn't pay any attention to the call as it was dispatched. Sounds as if it was a pretty serious accident, driver was unconcious and carried off in a rescue squad. And the fire department radioed in that they would recommend an accident reconstruction team to respond to the scene.

What struck me as unusual as the call progressed, the fire department asked dispatch to "start the clock". I assume they were talking about the time from when the rescue squad was notified until the time they actually arrived on scene maybe? Are they documenting the squad response times for the city management again for some reason? They still want to take over the squads duties perhaps? Or if anybody knows, wwhat does "start the clock" mean?

Not only did I have to slow down but I had to wave them across!!!

Really?
You are a kind and generous person to stop and then take the time and effort to let the pedestrian know that they could cross the street in front of you without getting run over! I trust you will continue to be such a noble driver. Please honk and wave to me if you see me as I walk to work.
Cordially,
Kevin Cox

When I didn't own a car often time cars would block the crosswalk so the only place I could go was behind them. I drive now and it seems a little difficult (but not impossible) to realize people are equally "entitled" if not moreso(I know it is moreso) to be given the right of way. But "peds" just don't have this big piece of metal and plastic and glass surrounding them so "peds" get pushed to the side if not endangered altogether by a huge truck or somesuch vehicle. I think we drivers feel a little apart from the people on the street and to ignore them while we press on the gas pedal and we just sit their in our front seats of our cars cut off from the atmosphere of the bike-riders and "peds" so we tend not to grant them the decency of room in the crosswalk let alone stopping to let them go across the street on those big white hash marks. "Peds" look out for out of town licence plates they aren't going to stop for those white hashmarks.

Kevin Cox, as pedestrians keep getting hit in Charlottesville, they should assume that drivers don't see them. What were the figures from Christmas? Five or six incidents, as I remember, between downtown and Barracks Road. When I'm a Ped Xing, I assume Charlottesvillians are blind to me. You should, too. Otherwise, The Hook's comments sections will be impoverished.

The Barracks Road shopping center parking lot seems to be getting worse and worse. I nearly got hit there twice this weekend, and both times I was in crosswalks and the driver had plenty of opportunity to see me. The first time, I think the driver was just not paying attention; the second time, I think she just didn't care. Anyone know if the police can or will enforce the "yield to pedestrians" law there, since it's private property?

I'm just saying,
I know they can see me because I watch them see me. That's why I haven't been hit and I'm not going to get hit. I may assume that they can see me but I still watch them. I watch out for that small minority of drivers who do see me but still keep their foot on the accelerator and then force me to make a decision; do I keep walking or do I let a maniac drive into me. I defer to the rude maniac, though I have been known to yell. It sounds like Megan encountered such rudeness at Barracks Road Shopping Center. Even so, she didn't get hit.
I assume drivers will see me. I don't ignore them.
Cordially,
Kevin Cox

Well done Mr. Cox you have beat me at my own game. Checkmate by killing me with kindness queen takes king. We will meet again. And I will be sure to honk and wave if I see you out walking!

More fodder for libs who think the citizens are morons and need government to help them with everything!

Okay class, let's review...1) Always cross at a corner. 2) Step deliberately to the curb and do not step off the curb. 3) Look to the left. 4) Look to the right. 5) Look to the left again. 6) Cross quickly as possible, looking both ways as you cross. 7) Upon reaching the other side, thank God for your freedom. 8) Resist all calls for tax increases and local governments to "make pedestrians safer." Very good, class...you are now certified pedestrians!

Strange that you would inject politics into it although your review paragraph is spot on. When I cross, not only do I look both ways and, like Mr. Cox, make sure that I visually engage the drivers, but I also inject a little giddyup in my pedestrian saunter.

Brakes fail and feet slip off of brake pedals. Every time you walk in front of an automobile you are risking your life. Only a complete fool would put their lives in the hands of a complete stranger and assume that they will be safe.

quote: "Only a complete fool would put their lives in the hands of a complete stranger and assume that they will be safe."

That's exactly what I preach to young 'uns about those who are suppose to protect and serve our youth. Every time you turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper now, either a cop, preacher or teacher has solicited a juvenile for sex on the Internet. Wasn't that long ago that the 2nd on command at the Albemarle County Police Department was soliciting juveniles on the Internet for sex.

How does everything always come back to the police with you? Someone must have taken a very large dump in your corn flakes. I wish this site had a filter on it so I could just block out your meaningless comments, but human nature makes me read the silliness that you blast us with every single god damned day.

How does everything always come back to the police with you? Someone must have taken a very large dump in your corn flakes. I wish this site had a filter on it so I could just block out your meaningless comments, but human nature makes me read the silliness that you blast us with every single god dam*ed day.

This is almost entirely a design issue. Pedestrians are forced to cross two lanes in each direction to a median strip. The traffic is moving too fast in most cases and there is the very real danger that vehicles in one lane will stop for a pedestrian but vehicles in the next lane will not. Don't blame the pedestrians. They didn't design it this way.

quote: "How does everything always come back to the police with you?"

Because it's fun.

And because somebody said above, "Only a complete fool would put their lives in the hands of a complete stranger and assume that they will be safe.” I took the statement and ran with it. :) >/b>