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Pedestrian, Driver and Deputy Injured in Laguna Niguel Crashes

A woman in her 40s is hit in a crosswalk by a Honda Civic. A SigAlert on Moulton between Aliso Niguel and Avila is expected to end shortly after 8 p.m.

A 43-year-old woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon when she was struck in a Moulton Parkway crosswalk by a silver Honda Civic, authorities said.

The driver, a 45-year-old man, was also hurt. And a SigAlert was issued on Moulton between Aliso Niguel and Avila roads (the road was expected to reopen shortly after 6 p.m.).

Deputies were called to the scene around 2:45 p.m., after the southbound Honda hit the westbound pedestrian at Aliso Niguel, said Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dan Dwyer.

The woman suffered head trauma and injuries to her left leg, Dwyer said. The driver had injuries to his left arm. Both were taken to Mission Hospital, he said.

Additionally, a motorcycle deputy responding to the scene suffered minor injuries in a "slow collision" with a patrol car, Dwyer said.

The sheriff's major-accident reconstruction team was investigating the Honda-pedestrian accident and examining skid marks at the scene late Monday afternoon, Dwyer said. It was not initially clear whether the pedestrian or driver had the right-of-way, he added.

Kathi October 02, 2012 at 07:49 AM
As far as solutions to the problem being expensive technology we already have a much more advanced "device"--our human brains. The problem is using them. At this point we don't know who was at fault or if both of them were. But since pedestrians always lose in an encounter w a car, pedestrians need to follow what my parents taught me as a kid--don't step into the path of a vehicle until you are sure it is going to stop for you. You may have the right of way, but you could end up dead right. So many pedestrians crossing streets or walking through parking lots are heedless of the cars around them that are a lot bigger than they are & which may be being driven by a distracted driver. So even if it is found the driver was at fault, the pedestrian also likely is at fault--if not legally at least personally for not making sure to keep herself out of harms way--that is, not stepping out into the cross walk until she was sure it was safe to do so. & of course a driver should always be vigilant when coming to an intersection. Both drivers & pedestrians need to operate w the knowledge & assumption even that the other may be not paying attention & just plan for that--that is drive or walk defensively. Whatever either 1 was headed for that may have seemed so urgent at the time they didn't get to when they intended.
Charles October 02, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Actually, my phone has that (Samsung Galaxy Note) but still it does require some momentary interface with the phone and my attention diverted from the wheel. But, that's better than interfacing for tens of seconds I suppose.
Charles October 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I did, so did a lot of people, billions of them. It never worked. Maybe the 85 trillionth attempt at praying will work though.
uscmommy88 October 04, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Please continue to pray for the injured !! Thats whats important at this time!!
Charles October 04, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Why bother? If it is in god's plan for them to remain injured then what good will praying do? Are you trying to tell god what to do?

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