Man Critically Injured in CdM Crash

posted: February 5th, 2013 07:36 am | 5Comments

A 51-year-old man was critically injured about 7 p.m. Monday when a taxi struck him while walking near MacArthur Boulevard and East Coast Highway, police said this morning.

“The pedestrian was walking eastbound across the transition lane towards the east sidewalk when he was struck by a black 2003 Ford Crown Victoria Taxi Cab that was traveling northbound on the transition lane from westbound East Coast Highway,” according to a news release issued at 7 a.m. today. The pedestrian was identified only as a 51-year-old man. He was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, and the statement said he remains in critical condition from his injuries.

“The driver of the vehicle, a 54 year old male from Santa Ana was not injured in the collision,” the statement said.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been involved based on the police’s initial investigation, the release said. The investigation is ongoing, and police ask anyone with information to call traffic investigator Scott Grecco at (949) 644-3747.

For more than an hour after the crash, police blocked the free-right turn from westbound East Coast Highway onto MacArthur Boulevard. One witness said the cab, which was parked on the side of MacArthur, had a cracked windshield. About eight police cars, including a crime scene investigation van, were at the scene.

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5 Responses to “Man Critically Injured in CdM Crash”

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Frank Peters

February 5th, 2013

We've all been there, waiting for someone to slow down so you can cross the street. We've engineered a freeway-grade exit ramp here and cars are hitting the gas as soon as they clear the light at Goldenrod. There will be more pedestrians as the new City Hall opens. Maybe someone in Public Works will recognize that it's not safe for pedestrians...

David Huntsman

February 5th, 2013

One wonders how it was determined that a free right turn there is in any way valuable or sensible. Any driver approaching MacArthur has been negotiating traffic signals and STOP signs for a mile or two. Why the need to accelerate freely leaving the Goldenrod intersection?

Corona del Mar Today Staff

February 5th, 2013

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David Huntsman

February 5, 2013

One wonders how it was determined that a free right turn there is in any way valuable or sensible. Any driver approaching MacArthur has been negotiating traffic signals and STOP signs for a mile or two. Why the need to accelerate freely leaving the Goldenrod intersection?

As a motorist, I have disliked free rights for years, especially the short ones. People behind you get so upset if you pause.

Gigi

February 6th, 2013

Maybe now some hire-up will decide to do something about this. It was a disaster waiting to happen. I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner. What kind of moron decided it was okay to put a freeway-type exit ramp dumping onto a little street in the middle of a little town like this? Furthermore, when will drivers learn that pedestrians have the right of way. ALWAYS. Whether they are jay-walking, walking too slowly, hobbling across in stupid shoes, mom's with kids who are goofing around, elderly people who walk slower... it doesn't matter what they are doing or how they are crossing, they have the right of way.

Tink

February 8th, 2013

What no sharrows.


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