Sonoma County Judge Gary Nadler still hospitalized after crosswalk accident

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Gary Nadler remained hospitalized Tuesday from injuries suffered when he was hit early Monday by a pickup while walking his dog.

Nadler, 62, was in fair condition, according to a Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital spokeswoman.

The judge, a Petaluma resident, was walking his dog at 6 a.m. Monday near downtown Petaluma. They were crossing Petaluma Boulevard South at G Street in a crosswalk and Nadler was using a flashlight, police said, when the collision occurred.

Driver William Emde, 71, saw the dog in the crosswalk while about 150 feet away but told officers he didn’t initially see the man, Petaluma police Sgt. Ron Klein said Tuesday.

The Petaluma man honked at the dog and slowed slightly but didn’t brake hard until he saw the pedestrian - too late to avoid the collision, Klein said. The dog wasn’t hit.

Emde, in a Toyota Tundra, was traveling an estimated 30-40 mph in the 30 mph stretch of road.

The collision remained under investigation but appeared to involve failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk with speed as a possible factor, Klein said.

Nadler reportedly suffered bruises but no broken bones, according to his wife, Alice Nadler.

He was kept under observation most of Monday in the emergency department before being admitted to the hospital.

- Randi Rossmann

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