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Special council meeting scheduled after boys hit in Cloverdale crosswalk

  • Surrounded by his friends, from left, Graciela Juarez, 15, Brianna Contreras, 6, Ruby Oliveras, 14, Anna Cardenas, 13 and Julianna Robledo, 13, Baldemar Torres, 13, recovers Friday from injuries Thursday. Torres was walking with his cousin Enrique Andrade, 12, in a marked crosswalk at Healdsburg Avenue and South Street in Cloverdale, shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday when a northbound pickup hit them in the crosswalk. Andrade was flown to Oakland Children's Hospital. (KENT PORTER / PD)

CLOVERDALE — Alarmed city leaders on Friday scheduled a special City Council discussion after two youths were struck by a pickup and seriously injured Thursday night in the same South Cloverdale Boulevard crosswalk where a 68-year-old woman was fatally injured in July. Thursday's incident was the fifth such collision at the intersection in the past year.

One of the boys, Enrique Andrade, 12, suffered badly broken legs, a concussion and a fractured cheekbone, said his aunt, Argelia Juaregui. He was to undergo orthopedic surgery Friday at Oakland Children's Hospital, family members said.

His cousin, Baldemar Torres, 13, broke a shoulder and suffered other injuries, but was back at home by Friday morning, though in obvious pain.

At a City Council meeting set for 6 p.m. Monday, officials will consider installing four-way stop signs at the Healdsburg Avenue intersection to prevent further injury.

“Something has to be done,” City Manager Paul Cayler said.

Andrade and Torres, Washington School seventh-graders, were crossing at the intersection south of Citrus Fair Drive on their way to a friend's house with another friend, Jasmine Gonzalez, shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday when they saw a northbound pickup approaching.

Spread out somewhat as they crossed single-file west to east and into the darker, northbound lane, they noticed a northbound Ford Ranger pickup heading toward them, Torres and Gonzalez said Friday.

But they all assumed it would stop, they said.

It didn't.

The driver, James Livingston McGiffin, 75, later told police he didn't see the youths as they crossed the wide boulevard, police Sgt. Keith King said.

“I thought he was going to stop,” Torres said. “I don't know; I just saw bright lights.”

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