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2 children hospitalized after hit by car

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Emergency personnel carry a child to an ambulance along Tabor Avenue near Bristol Lane in Fairfield, Wednesday. A white Mercedes-Benz traveling along Tabor Avenue struck two children crossing the street outside of a designated crosswalk. Both children were taken to NorthBay Medical Center for treatment. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | January 16, 2014 | 16 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A Wednesday afternoon accident involving a car and two school-age children sent both children to the hospital with injuries authorities said were not life-threatening.

The two children, ages 7 and 10, were crossing Tabor Avenue at Bristol Lane, just east of Pennsylvania Avenue, at approximately 1:20 p.m., Fairfield police Sgt. Matt Bloesch. The children were crossing from the north side of Tabor toward a convenience store on the south side of the intersection, he said.

“They ran out in front of a white car, a white Mercedes,” Bloesch said.

Both children were hit, he said. Both were transported to NorthBay Medical Center but were expected to recover, he said.

“The driver stopped. She is cooperating,” Bloesch said. “She is very shaken up over the incident.”

Bloesch said the investigation into the accident is ongoing, but neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors.

“It just looks like the kids stepped out in front of a car without looking,” he said.

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  • TweetsJanuary 16, 2014 - 6:27 am

    No surprise here! I see kids and their parents cross illegally down from the cross walk. I've stopped and told them they need to cross at the crosswalk and they ignore what I say. I've told the paid crossing guards and pointed out the parents and kids that are doing this and watched to see if anything said, not a word. Even saw the police in the parking lot adjacent to 7-11 sitting there while this is going on. Have they changed the laws about jay walking. Who I really feel bad for is the lady that no fault of her own, had her day ruined because people are just to lazy to walk that few extra steps for safety. Shame on the parents that don't set the example for their kids

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 16, 2014 - 6:55 am

    Tweets, I agree and I feel sorry for the woman too. There are always a lot of kids in the area, always has been. This should be another message to drivers that the posted limit is not always the safest. If you see kids, take the smart road and slow down. Pedestrians in California have the right of way whether in a crosswalk or not but are advised to use caution and give drivers time to react. Accidents happen, slow down and pay attention.

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  • The MisterJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Sorry, CD, but pedestrians in California do not always have the right of way. A pedestrian who jumps out in front of a car can, and often is, cited for a violation of the vehicle code.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 16, 2014 - 8:12 am

    The Mister, wrong again read my post. Controlled intersections prohibit ped crossing OUTSIDE a crosswalk. That is the only legal caveat.

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  • The MisterJanuary 16, 2014 - 8:54 am

    CVC 21950(b). "No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard." Doesn't matter, CD, if you are in a crosswalk or the middle of the block. I accept your apology.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 16, 2014 - 9:22 am

    The Mister, in my original post which I suggested you read I stated "Pedestrians in California have the right of way whether in a crosswalk or not but are advised to use caution and give drivers time to react." You may know consider yourself sufficiently spanked. Get off me.

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  • rlw895January 16, 2014 - 8:55 am

    My understanding of the law is it is illegal for a pedestrian to cross a street between two signalized intersections. That's jaywalking. But pedestrians are not required to use crosswalks otherwise. They may cross at any intersection and have the right of way (defined as having started to cross when autos have enough distance to stop). They don't have the right of way if crossing between intersections, but they can still cross legally, with care. In this case, care was absent. You can imagine it: Two kids with a little money anticipating what they are going to get at the store and maybe even racing to get there first.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 16, 2014 - 9:25 am

    rlw895, absolutely correct with one exception. There are intersections where jay walking is allowed and marked. You won't find them locally, but they do exist in much larger cities.

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  • beeJanuary 16, 2014 - 10:20 am

    cd-He busted down the vehicle code and still you don't digress, stop being obtuse. Admit when you're wrong, because you SURE think you're always right!

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 16, 2014 - 11:40 am

    Bee, you might like to reread the order of comments. You might be surprised to learn that I presented the very argument that The Mister had to look up and cite. Furthermore, if you've been around awhile you'd know that when I present fact-based arguments I am 100% correct all the time. Now go back, read and then tell me how right you are.

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  • LoveleeJanuary 16, 2014 - 10:05 am

    Why were the 7 and 10 year old not in school?? and CD, I so agree! If you see a child, even on a sidewalk, SLOW DOWN! My daughter runs into walls for gods sake, so I wouldn't give a kid the benefit of the doubt to look twice before walking out. Over on sunset all the kids cross in the middle of the street during morning rush hour and I just want to scream to them that they aren't invincible and all it takes is one person being distracted to lose your life. So glad the kids are okay and I hope the driver finds a little peace of mind knowing they are okay.

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 16, 2014 - 10:41 am

    I too have witnessed unsupervised children playing in the road or just darting out into the heavy traffic at that location. That location is where those horrible low rent apartments are at too.

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  • patrickJanuary 16, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    try going down n texas st from travis blvd to airbase pky. the jay walkers there are armed with foodmax shopping carts

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  • RalphJanuary 16, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    ill admit it, I have jay walked more then once in my life. But its always to my destination not on the way back. Its simple..make more cross walks at busy intersections. If you car about the kids future...give them the right away.

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  • rlw895January 16, 2014 - 10:27 pm

    Ralph: There are studies that show crosswalks make crossing less safe because pedestrians exercise less care. Do you mean stop signs or traffic signals?

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  • Typical County WorkerJanuary 16, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    Regardless of the state law regarding right of way, car vs pedestrian, car wins.

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