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Chilling video shows SUV narrowly missing girl crossing intersection

A dashcam captured the moment an SUV narrowly missed a young girl crossing a street in San Mateo, California.

Residents of the Bay Meadows neighborhood are now demanding heightened security measures in response.

Jison Hong’s dash cam caught the incident when a family of three were crossing the street, as the SUV hit the girl’s scooter, throwing it sideways as the girl fell to the ground.

Ms. Hong was waiting for the family to pass when she witnessed the near miss.

“If it had been seconds later, she could have been seriously injured,” she told KGO. “Still, my heart races every time I think back to that moment.”

The incident happened on September 14. The father seen in the video told KGO that his daughter is fine. The outlet also reported that the driver returned to the intersection and spoke to police.

The driver in the video was allegedly a teenager who failed to spot the flashing pedestrian warning. San Mateo PD said the matter is under investigation.

Locals said it was not the first time an incident like this had happened.

“We wrote emails, we spoke at city council meetings,” area resident and HOA president Max Partl told KGO. “I think now this video has finally sparked some real real action.”

Police officer Alison Gilmore told the local TV station that the department is “monitoring traffic in this area so we can continue to be proactive and ensure the area continues to be safe for residents, pedestrians and other motorists.

In a statement, City Manager Drew Corbett said: ‘As a parent it was especially difficult to watch what happened and this preventable incident should never have happened. Even though the pedestrian flashing lights worked as intended, this inexperienced driver clearly failed to stop for the young child in the crosswalk.”

“When something like this happens, we have to ask ourselves why, and therefore we take immediate action to further improve safety at this intersection. Our council is prioritizing road safety in the neighborhood and in response to this incident we are increasing pedestrian visibility and reducing speed in this area whilst continuing to look at longer term options which legally require further analysis. Mr. Corbett added in his statement to KGO. “We also need a community-wide approach to improving road safety and everyone, whether you’re driving, cycling or walking, plays a part in making sure we protect ourselves. each other.”

He said the city reduced speeds in the area by temporarily removing a lane from part of Franklin Parkway. The incident seen in the video took place at the intersection of Franklin and Baze Road in San Mateo, south of San Francisco.

Mr Orbett said another pedestrian beacon will be added to the crossing to increase visibility and there will be a higher police presence.

The City also recommended, for a second time, that the possibility of adding all-way stop signs at the intersection be examined. Per state code, traffic studies are being done to find out what changes can be made.

“I had made eye contact with the family who were about to cross the street,” Ms. Hong said. “Kind of like, in slow motion, I kind of saw this car spinning a bit out of the corner of my eye.”

“I am very grateful to the community for their support and to the city government for their quick action on this particular crosswalk, but I also hope for lasting improvements to other crosswalks like this,” said the father told KGO.

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