Pedestrian injured in Santa Rosa crosswalk crash

A 13-year-old girl suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a car early Wednesday in a West College Avenue crosswalk at the same intersection where a Santa Rosa High School sophomore was struck and killed last year, police said.

A transit bus already had stopped to allow the girl to pass at Link Lane on Wednesday when the driver of a second car entered the crosswalk, knocking her down, Santa Rosa Police said.

The 6:44 a.m. accident was a close call and underscores what neighbors of the area claim has been a long-time problem. And it is similar to other tragic crosswalk incidents, when one car stops but another drives on through an intersection.

The Link Lane crosswalk is at a T-intersection west of North Dutton Avenue. It crosses four lanes of usually heavy traffic, as well as a left-turn lane.

A fluorescent green pedestrian sign and pavement striping are the only indicators of a pedestrian crossing.

"It's a dangerous place," said Patricia Bowers, who has lived near the intersection for 22 years and seen traffic volume swell on College Avenue.

Bowers said she doesn't use the crosswalk, and said that it's often difficult as a motorist to pull out of Link Lane onto College Avenue.

Santa Rosa city officials said earlier this year they hoped to have a three-way signal light installed at the intersection by next summer.

"We're trying to do better than that, but we can pretty well guarantee getting it done next summer," Public Works Director Rick Moshier said Wednesday.

The new signalized system would control traffic in all three directions and include a pedestrian-activated walk light, Moshier said.

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