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Cloverdale man injured in crosswalk crash

A Cloverdale resident was struck and injured in a crosswalk Sunday evening by a motorist whose mother was killed in a similar accident last year, police said.

Gloria Ponce, 45, of Cloverdale struck a man in a crosswalk at Cloverdale Boulevard and Brookside Drive about 5:40 p.m., police said.

The pedestrian, Seth Barrow, 50, of Cloverdale was walking his dog westbound across the boulevard and was hit by a Toyota Camry driven by Ponce.

Barrow was treated at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for possible injuries to his neck, back shoulder and knee and released early Monday, said Cloverdale Police Sgt. Scott Allred. Barrow's dog was not hurt.

Police said Ponce stopped at the traffic signal at Brookside Drive, then turned southbound onto Cloverdale Boulevard and failed to see the pedestrian. Police said it is unclear who had the green light and an investigation is continuing.

Ponce, who called The Press Democrat, said she had a green light and turned left onto the boulevard. "I didn't see him. It was an accident," she said.

Allred said there was no indication that Ponce was under the influence of alcohol, nor was there any evidence that she had been talking or texting on her cell phone.

"She was totally cooperative," said Allred, adding that her cell phone was checked by police and Ponce voluntarily submitted to a blood test.

Ponce's 68-year-old mother, Maria Ponce, was struck and fatally injured in a crosswalk at Cloverdale Boulevard and Healdsbsurg Avenue after dark on July 7.

The pickup driver who struck her, Guadalupe Castro Barragan, 83, said he didn't see Ponce, although police said he was not wearing required corrective lenses. Barragan was cited for not wearing corrective lenses and for failure to yield the right-of-way. He faces a charge of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.


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