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Pedestrian's Death in Canal Car Accident Spurs Safety Questions

San Rafael police are investigating a car accident that killed an 84-year-old pedestrian when he was crossing the street.

San Rafael police are investigating a car accident where an 84-year-old man was killed when crossing the street in the Canal neighborhood on Saturday evening, according to Sgt. Christopher Coale.

Julio Villalobos died at Marin General Hospital due to a severe head injury on Sunday after he was struck by a van on the corner of Canal Street and Medway Road. The collision occurred on Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. two blocks from his home.

“There hasn’t been a determination of fault,” Coale said. The 32-year-old driver was cooperative at the scene of the accident and was released without being cited. Neither Villalobos or the driver were intoxicated at the time of the accident, according to Coale.

More details about the collision have not been released because police are still investigating the incident, Coale said.

Villalobos’s son, Julio Villalobos II, and over 30 people gathered at the intersection on Tuesday with signs warning drivers and pedestrians to careful when crossing, the Marin Independent Journal reports.

The victim’s son is asking city officials to to install stoplights, speed bumps or other safety features at the intersection. Coale did not have the statistics of accidents at that location.

Villalobos was a native of Huancayo, Peru, and immigrated to the United States 14 years ago and became a citizen.  His seven children all live in Novato and San Rafael, according to the Marin IJ.

John Doe October 13, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The remaining faults within the incident remain with the drivers of the area. Alarmingly as the death of an individual is focused on the gentlemen, existing in the morning hours when drivers are least capable of managing a vehicle, exposed on the very same intersection are upwards of 70 children and their families preparing for school. The immediate solution is to ban vehicle placement within the five vector intersection. This removes two of the five vectors access developing a safer intersection; To create access routes for resident of the area vs this prime and priority reliance; to curb commercial (dedicated personal vehicle) vehicle traffic in the area; and to place appropriate markers and causeway (way finder) signs within fifty feet of any one approach to the intersection, ingress and egress; removal or re-placement of refuse receptacles away from the curb; lengthening access widths to promote driver awareness. Follow up: Please read Prop 30 and the Child Protection Act 2012
John Doe October 13, 2012 at 07:45 PM
1: a great than ninety degree angle design for securing access to and safe transit post within the intersection in question. This produces, without, a full five vector intersection where having handicapped the area, in marking the full five vectors, a clear area would have secured safe transit through to, amoungst, and post the intersection for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists for residents. There simply are far too many public safety hazards in place with the current design. 2: grossly negligent paved surface marked by a incorrect identification of a intersection terminus creating not only confusion, but false encouragements of public safety. 3: negligent placement fo refuse receptacle and/or poor design of refuse receptacles. 4: a false security placed for drivers in a road width surface extending a false safety to drivers in an appearance of a dedicated avenue for access and egress of an intersection within the current intersection and five vector intersection receipt of the design elements places an emphasis on driver security which is grossly negligent in public safety development. All of these are city and county responsibilities.
John Doe October 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
All injuries at any velocity are inevitable. Unless you are a mechanical rhino, and grade schools begin to find mechanical rhinos enrolled, any individual without the immediate heft, might, and severity of a specimen with such a natural capacity is incapable of developing the driving training skills needed to handle the vehicle types in the market. Every single person out there is incapable of handling a one- to two- ton vehicle properly. If this were not true, then maintenance of a vehicle would be included in the purchase. As it is not, and drivers incur mechanical failures, drivers being the only individual accessing the capacity of a design intent of fifty to one hundred years, drivers are responsible for of all failures including public safety. However, as the events surrounding drivers today, and the lack of federal agency cooperation, drivers are left to secure public safety as best they can. Unfortunately in this case, they are at odds with several city and county embellishments to public safety:
John Doe October 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
There are a few issues in the area. Foremost, crime. The police departments of the area, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Novato, Marin City, Mill Valley, Fairfax, etc, the FBI and to an alarming degree the Federal Government, in not having agency cooperation in place is where fault for the death exists. Driver or Motorist Safety is no longer a topic worth discussion. Road and highways are increasingly becoming public spacing vehicles for cognitive rejection – where a person’s “thinking” is in seeking refuge from the events surrounding them. Is it fault of the motorist being involved in an accident, licensed or not. Increasingly no. The Privilege to drive ends the moment a would be mortorist leaves the security of a domicile. It does not extend onto the road way, drive way or barrier to public spaces via the parkway. It ends at the threshold of your domicile. Therefore driving is placing the public at risk. It is neither a right or a privilege. Driving a car, riding a motorcycle or bicycle. All at velocity incur injuries through fatal.
John Doe October 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
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