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Crime Blotter: DUIs, Pedestrian Severely Injured, Hit-and-Run Accident

A week in crime in Sierra Madre for the period of Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

Crime blotter information provided by the Sierra Madre Police Department.

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

At approximately 7:10 am, police responded to a traffic accident involving a  vehicle and a pedestrian at Baldwin Avenue and Kersting Court. The driver of the vehicle was traveling southbound on Baldwin Avenue and struck an elderly woman who who was crossing the street (Baldwin Ave) westbound in the crosswalk at Kersting Court. The victim suffered severe injuries and was taken to a hospital by Sierra Made Fire paramedics. The driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk and released.

Friday, Dec. 1, 2012

At approximately 2:12 a.m., an officer observed a traffic violation in the area of Foothill Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue. After initiating a traffic stop, the officer determined the driver displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. The driver, a 24-year-old man, failed the Field Sobriety Tests and was subsequently arrested for DUI.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

At approximately 11:53 a.m., police responded to a hit-and-run traffic collision investigation involving a vehicle versus a pedestrian in the 100 block of West Bonita Avenue. A boy was riding his skateboard in the street westbound on the north shoulder of West Bonita Avenue, when he was struck by a vehicle also traveling westbound on West Bonita Avenue. The vehicle a black 4-door SUV (unknown make or model) continued westbound without stopping then made a left turn onto southbound Hermosa Avenue and out of view. The victim suffered
minor injuries, but was taken to a local hospital by Sierra Madre Fire paramedics for treatment and observation.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

At approximately 2:06 a.m., an officer observed a motorist commit a traffic violation on Michillinda Avenue south of Orange Grove Avenue. After initiating a traffic stop, the officer determined the driver displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. The driver, a 25-year-old man, failed to complete the Field Sobriety Tests and was subsequently arrested for DUI.

Richard Christy December 04, 2012 at 06:18 PM
You run someone over in the cross walk, severely injuring them, and you get a citation and go home?
JSMC December 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Yes Richard it is called an accident. There is no intent and the person was not intoxicated they stopped at the scene and rendered aid. It is an awfull accident but there was no criminal intent. Lets hope the pedestrian is ok and has a speedy recovery. But what crime should the driver be charged with they were not speeding not drunk but failed to keep a proper lookout which is a infraction punishible by a ticket. Perhaps you can make up crime that is not on the books to charge the offender with would that suit you better?
Richard Christy December 04, 2012 at 10:43 PM
JSMC, I just can't imagine how any driver (that is not texting, eating, talking on phone or being otherwise distracted) can not be on a keen lookout for pedestrians in that part of town. It's tragic.
JSMC December 05, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I think we all agree it is tragic, again my thoughts are for person who is injured. I am glad that your imagination does not run our legal system it is a system based on proof and evidence. If you remember during the Mcarthy era you could be on list because someone imagined you were a communist. In situations like this I think it is best to let the evidence not our imagination guide us. Again it is a tragedy and I hope it gets people to drive safer and keep a proper lookout.

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