Father and Baby Injured in Cross-walk In Critical Condition – City Removes Palm Tree Blocking Drivers’ View

by on March 4, 2015 · 4 comments

in Life Events, Ocean Beach

The father and baby injured in Point Loma early Monday morning while out walking are still in critical condition, reported 10News.  They were hit while in a cross-walk and taken to hospitals with apparently life-threatening injuries. The baby was in a stroller – and the mother accompanied them but was  not injured.  The driver had stopped and attempted to give assistance to the injured.

And meanwhile, city crews on Tuesday tore out a small palm tree that blocked drivers’ views of the crosswalk on Canon while they’re driving east on that section of Catalina.  Neighbors had complained to the media that they believe the crosswalk’s position is very dangerous. Some have complained to the city about the dangers.

The crosswalk in question is one that crosses a turnoff from Catalina that heads to Canon. Drivers coming east on Catalina typically drive very fast. The palm tree didn’t help any.

The accident happened about 6:30 a.m. Monday when the 30-year old dad and mom with their 7-month old baby began walking in the crosswalk.

An SUV driven by a 47-year old local man failed to stop and hit the two. The vehicle immediately stopped.

On neighbor, Monica Jackson, told 10News:

“The primary cause of it is the speeding on Catalina and it’s a blind spot.”

Another resident, Charles Robert, stated:

 “You think you’re supposed to cross there and it’s absolutely the most dangerous place to cross the road.”

Roberts is a former member and chair of the OB Planning Board.

Yellow bouquets were left at both ends of the crosswalk with a handwritten letter.

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Avatar Tim March 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm

My hopes and prayers are for that baby and the father.
I would also like to thank the city for coming out and removing the tree so quickly. I would hope that they continue to look for ways to make that whole area safer.

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Avatar anonymous March 4, 2015 at 4:07 pm

The city needs to put a set of flashing crossing lights there like the ones at the round-abouts in the Bird Rock area of La Jolla Drive.

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Avatar PL Local March 5, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Exactly!

Don’t just remove the palm tree. Its a dangerous crosswalk PERIOD. Make it so people driving know when to stop with flashing lights.

BTW. There is a flashing crosswalk towards the north side of PLHS. Not really sure why it’s there. Everyone crosses near the front of the school.

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Avatar PL Local March 5, 2015 at 9:15 pm

I have just read that the baby has died.

multiple news sources

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