A pedestrian struck by a car early Monday remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday, reported Santa Rosa police.

The pedestrian was Joseph Von Merta, 57, a Santa Rosa area transient, said Sgt. Lance Badger.

Von Merta was walking across College Avenue at Mendocino Avenue at about 5:20 a.m. Monday when he was hit by a Honda Accord headed west on College Avenue.

Von Merta was knocked into the front windshield and then over the hood and into the back windshield.

He suffered a variety of internal injuries and a broken leg and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Driver Emanuel Morales-Rodriguez, 25, of Santa Rosa had minor injuries from the broken windshield glass.

The driver had been on his way to work when the collision occurred, said Badger.

Officers have interviewed one witness and the driver. Badger declined to give details on their statements, including who had the green light, saying he was hoping more witnesses would come forward.

The crash remained under investigation. Badger asked anyone with information to contact Officer Ken Carstensen at (707) 543-3636.

Pot around Sonoma County

Three Sonoma County cannabis dispensaries will be open for adult-use sales on Jan. 1, 2018:

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
785 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol

SPARC/Peace in Medicine
10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
6771 Sebastopol Ave. #100, Sebastopol

Mercy Wellness of Cotati
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
7950 Redwood Drive #8, Cotati

Pot around Sonoma County

Sebastopol: Adult-use and medical cannabis sales take place at the city’s two dispensaries. Manufacturing and other aspects of the business will be considered in 2018. Indoor cultivation for personal use is allowed.

Cotati: Allows adult-use and medical cannabis sales at its sole dispensary.

Santa Rosa: Medical marijuana businesses are allowed in the city. Santa Rosa will allow sales of adult-use cannabis on Jan. 19. Indoor cultivation for personal use is allowed.

Cloverdale: Up to two cannabis dispensaries are allowed in the city, although there are none currently. Manufacturing, distribution and cultivation business permit applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Petaluma: Allows cannabis delivery services and some cannabis manufacturing but has not allowed any dispensaries inside city limits.

Windsor: Dispensaries and other types of cannabis businesses as well as outdoor cultivation is banned in Windsor. Residents must get a town permit for personal-use cultivation, which is only allowed to occur indoors.

Sonoma city: Cannabis cultivation, indoor and outdoor, is banned but the rule will be reconsidered December 2018. Delivery businesses with headquarters outside the city must acquire a city permit to conduct deliveries in the city. Some personal cultivation is allowed but residents must comply with a variety of city requirements like security systems.

Sonoma County: Rules are in places for medical marijuana businesses and supervisors will consider rules for adult use in 2018.

Rohnert Park: Does not all manufacturing, distributing or selling marijuana within city limits.

Healdsburg: Prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries.


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