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Woman Walking Child to School Badly Hurt in Collision

The teen driver reported the accident on La Donna Avenue to police. Victim is in the hospital with major injuries.

A mother walking her young child to school in Palo Alto this morning suffered major injuries when a juvenile driver struck her in a residential neighborhood near Stanford University, police said.

The Palo Alto Police Department answered a call to its dispatch center at 7:48 a.m. today from the juvenile driver who reported colliding with a pedestrian in the 3800 block of La Donna Avenue, police Lt. Zack Perron said.

 Police officers and first responders from the Palo Alto Fire Department arrived and found a woman in her 30s who was unconscious and suffering major injuries, Perron said.

 The woman's child was not hurt in the accident, police said.

 The fire department transported the woman to a local hospital and her condition is not known, according to police.

 "We are keeping our fingers crossed" for her," Perron said. The juvenile driver cooperated with investigating officers at the scene and was not arrested, Perron said. 

 The accident remains under investigation by the Police Department's Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team, he said.

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bette.janice December 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM
This accident is sad, but made worse because it didn't need to happen. It is time for speed bumps, one side parking on certain blocks, and more stop signs in Barron Park. Barron Avenue is a dangerous street on which to walk, and on which to drive. Parking is allowed on both sides of the street in the blocks near El Camino making it sometimes impossible for two cars to pass. Further there are no stop signs near the Barron Park School, nor are there speed bumps to slow drivers. On Josina Avenue, which runs into Barron, drivers speed through this entirely residential street in order to get to Matadero. Palo Alto traffic control, please take notice, and help insure that nothing like this accident occurs again due to the above problems.
rvw December 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Not surprised at all. I have lived on La Donna for almost 40 years. I don't know if speed was a factor or not, but people use La Donna like it is an expressway with cars traveling sometimes as fast as 50 - 60 mph. I would venture to say that the average speed is 45 mph during the day in this 25 mph zone. People often do not stop at the Los Robles/La Donna or the Barron/La Donna intersections often gliding right through on Los Robles and Barron. I am surprised there haven't been more accidents. Speed bumps on La Donna would be a wonderful deterrent!

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