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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 Nov. 1, 2013 from injuries sustained while 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 Ford Ranger pickup hit them in the crosswalk. Andrade was flown to Oakland Children's Hospital. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

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."

Torres was knocked to the ground and lost consciousness, but his cousin, walking in the middle of the group, bore the brunt of the impact, and was screaming in pain, drawing scores of trick-or-treaters and other onlookers, residents said.

Gonzalez, 13, said she was stunned by what happened but was aware of McGiffin jumping from the truck and instructing whoever could hear him to call 911.


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