A dash cam captured the moment an SUV barely missed a young woman crossing a street in San Mateo, California.
Residents of the Bay Meadows neighborhood are now calling for heightened security measures in response.
Jison Hong’s dashboard camera filmed the incident as a family of three was crossing the street, when the SUV hit the girl’s scooter, knocking it aside as the girl fell to the ground.
Mrs. Hong was waiting for the family to pass when she witnessed the near miss.
“If it had been a few seconds later, she could have been seriously injured,” she said. KGO. “Still, my heart kind of beats every time I think about that moment.”
The incident took place on the 14th of September. The father seen in the video told KGO his daughter is doing fine. The vehicle also reported that the driver returned to the intersection and spoke to police.
The driver in the video was allegedly a teenager who did not notice the flashing pedestrian alert. The San Mateo Police Department said the matter is under investigation.
Residents in the area said this is not the first time such an incident has occurred.
“We write emails, we speak at city council meetings,” area resident and HOA president Max Partl told KGO. “I think now, this video has finally triggered some real action.”
Police officer Alison Gilmore told the local TV station that the department is “monitoring traffic in that area so we can continue to be proactive and ensure the area remains safe for residents and pedestrians and other drivers.”
In a statement, City Manager Drew Corbett said: “As a parent, it was especially difficult to watch what happened and this preventable incident should never have occurred. Even though the flashing pedestrian lights worked as intended, this inexperienced driver clearly failed to stop for the child in the crosswalk.”
“When something like this happens we have to ask why and as a result we are taking immediate steps to further improve safety at this intersection. Our Board prioritizes neighborhood traffic safety, and in response to this incident, we are increasing pedestrian visibility and reducing speed in this area as we continue to look at longer-term options that require further consideration legally,” added Corbett in his report. press release. KGO. “We also need a community-wide approach to improving road safety and everyone, whether driving, biking or walking, plays a role in ensuring we protect each other.”
He said the city slowed down in the area by temporarily eliminating a lane from a portion of Franklin Parkway. The incident seen in the video took place at the intersection of Franklin and Baze Road in San Mateo, south of San Francisco.
Orbett said another pedestrian light will be added to the crossing to increase visibility and that the police presence will be increased.
The city also recommended, for the second time, that the possibility of adding stop signs at the intersection be reviewed. Following the state code, traffic studies are being carried out to find out what changes can be made.
“I made eye contact with the family who were about to cross the street,” Hong said. “I kind of, in slow motion, I kind of saw out of the corner of my eye, this car kind of whizzing by.”
“I am very grateful to the community for their support and the city government for their quick action on this particular crosswalk, but I also look forward to lasting improvements on other crosswalks like this one,” the father told KGO.