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Six Residents Displaced by Palm Desert House Fire

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle is Listed as Critical

The woman had been crossing Fred Warning when she was hit, according to officials.

A woman was hospitalized with critical injuries Friday when a motorist struck her on a La Quinta street, prompting an off-duty firefighter to help her, a sheriff's sergeant said.

The unidentified woman tried crossing Fred Waring Drive near Dune Palms Road when she was hit, Riverside County sheriffs Sgt. Randy Wedertz said.

The firefighter -- also unidentified -- apparently was in the area and rendered first aid to the injured woman before paramedics arrived.

She was listed in critical condition, Wedertz said.

Sandra January 05, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I'm always amazed at the number of people who think cars can see them in the dark, and don't protect themselves. Even coming out of a parking space where you can't see from the driver's seat, the cars coming "think" you have holes in the back of your head and see them. This goes for pedestrians walking in parking lots also, as you back out you're looking NOT to touch cars either side of you, behind you,oncoming cars looking for a parking space, and then a pedestrian (who doesn't want to wait a second) walks right behing your car assuming you can see them. I'm sorry this happened to this lady, and I hope that she was cautious. However, pedestrians need to remember that cars a bigger and heavier than they are. This also applies to cyclists who even though they feel they have a"right of way" should recognize that ALL drivers are not always as alert as they should be. Let's not even go into the motor bikes on the freeways ..... driving in/out, zigzagging, 90 miles an hour, and if you turn your steering even slightly they're dead.
steve serna January 05, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Yep.
Patricia Parker January 05, 2013 at 08:06 PM
This woman has died from her injuries sustained by being hit by a hit and run driver. She was attempting to cross Fred Waring at a cross walk, in the middle of the day. It was NOT in the evening, it was not dark and she wasn't wearing dark clothing. The driver was reckless, hit her, then took off.
steve serna January 05, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Wow. I'm sorry to hear the woman who was hit by the car was killed. I will pray for her and her family. But in defense of Sandra's comments about some of the pedestrians and motorcyclists being careless out there is what I agree on. I'm out driving on the roads a lot, and I have seen a lot of pedestrians jay walking, motorcyclists swerving in between cars, driving like bats out of hell, etc. We all should be extra careful when out on the streets, especially with the extra traffic we have this time of the year.
steve serna January 05, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Oh, and i would like to say, "Thank you" to the off duty firefighter who rendered the victim first aid. I'm sure because of firefighter's training and experience the victim was in good hands prior to on-duty first responders arriving at the scene.

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