Pedestrian Crash Video
In the early afternoon of May 9, 2011, Scottsdale (Arizona) police officers were called to the intersection of 90th Street and Shea Blvd. for a pedestrian/vehicle collision. It was reported that a mother pushing her 4 year old daughter in a stroller was crossing Shea Boulevard in a crosswalk. While they were crossing, the traffic signal changed to green for eastbound vehicle traffic. A black GMC SUV proceeded and struck the mother pushing a toddler in a stroller. The injuries to the mother and child were considered non-life threatening and both were transported to local hospitals and released. Based on witness testimony and the state law that requires vehicles to yield to pedestrians in most situations, the driver of the SUV was issued a civil citation at the scene.
As part of the follow up investigation, officers viewed the recorded video from the red-light enforcement camera at the intersection. The video revealed more detail of what happened. The black SUV driver appeared to have her view of the crossing pedestrians partially obscured by a large-profile vehicle. The SUV began to move on the green light at the same time the mother and child emerged into the SUV’s path. Incredibly, the high profile SUV rolled right over the child and stroller without seriously injuring the child.
Given the new evidence presented by the video, the investigating officer has requested the original citation given to the SUV driver be dismissed. The video shows the pedestrians run into the path of the vehicle that was so close that it was difficult for the driver to yield.
In Arizona, there are more than 1500 pedestrian-vehicle collisions every year. When these collisions occur, it is likely that the pedestrian will suffer serious injury. Thankfully, in this case, the child and mother were spared serious injury by very fortunate circumstances. It is however, an important reminder to pedestrians to use extreme caution when traveling along or crossing roadways. Be careful to not assume the drivers see you and make sure you allow enough time to safely cross multi-lane streets. It is always better to err on the side of caution, even if it means a delay in your crossing.