Man hit crossing Tracy Boulevard
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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The right shoe of a pedestrian struck by a Chevrolet S10 pickup sits on the pavement of Tracy Boulevard on Friday, July 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
The right shoe of a pedestrian struck by a Chevrolet S10 pickup sits on the pavement of Tracy Boulevard on Friday, July 27. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A Tracy police crime scene technician photographs the scene where a Chevrolet S10 pickup struck a pedestrian crossing Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A Tracy police crime scene technician photographs the scene where a Chevrolet S10 pickup struck a pedestrian crossing Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The right shoe of a pedestrian struck by a Chevrolet S10 pickup sits in the northbound lanes of Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
The right shoe of a pedestrian struck by a Chevrolet S10 pickup sits in the northbound lanes of Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A Tracy Police Department crime scene technician photographs part of a cell phone left after a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck struck a pedestrian crossing Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A Tracy Police Department crime scene technician photographs part of a cell phone left after a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck struck a pedestrian crossing Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Northbound Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive is closed while police investigate the scene where a Chevrolet S10 pickup struck a pedestrian Friday, July 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Northbound Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive is closed while police investigate the scene where a Chevrolet S10 pickup struck a pedestrian Friday, July 27. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The driver of the Chevrolet S10 pick up waits on the sidewalk as police investigate the scene where the truck accidentally struck a pedestrian crossing Tracy Boulevard at Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
The driver of the Chevrolet S10 pick up waits on the sidewalk as police investigate the scene where the truck accidentally struck a pedestrian crossing Tracy Boulevard at Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A Tracy police crime scene technician photographs the clothing of a pedestrian who was struck by a pickup while crossing Tracy Boulevard at Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A Tracy police crime scene technician photographs the clothing of a pedestrian who was struck by a pickup while crossing Tracy Boulevard at Loma Verde Drive on Friday, July 27. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Northbound Tracy Boulevard at Loma Verde Drive was closed as police investigated the scene where a pedestrian was struck by a Chevrolet S10 pickup while crossing the road Friday, July 27.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Northbound Tracy Boulevard at Loma Verde Drive was closed as police investigated the scene where a pedestrian was struck by a Chevrolet S10 pickup while crossing the road Friday, July 27. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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An 18-year-old man from San Jose was badly injured when he was struck by a pickup while crossing Tracy Boulevard at 2:24 p.m. Friday, July 27.

Lt. Wade Harper said the injured man was with two other men as they crossed the northbound lanes of Tracy Boulevard near Loma Verde Drive south of Schulte Road. He said the man was hit by a Chevrolet S10 pickup and sustained a lacerated spleen, a fractured bone in his lower body and abrasions, according to Harper.

He was flown by helicopter to Kaiser hospital in Sacramento.

The man’s was in intensive care as of 6 p.m. Friday, and no information was provided by police regarding the driver of the pickup.

A couple who witnessed the accident while traveling south on Tracy Boulevard described the scene as horrific.

Declining to provide their names, the husband said he saw the three men crossing to the median of the boulevard. His wife said she even slowed down for fear they were going to walk into her path on the southbound side of the divided roadway.

“They were crossing super slow,” said the husband, watching the crash from the front-passenger seat of the car. “One guy stepped back or lost his balance (off the median). He hit the truck — launched into the air 50 feet. It was pretty horrific.”

The husband said he ran up to the injured man with the two men who accompanied the 18-year-old. The husband said the teenager was lying motionless in the roadway.

“My first impression was that he was already dead,” said the husband. “I was shocked when I saw him breathing. He was moaning and trying to get up. I told them my wife called 911.”

Police closed the southbound lanes of Tracy Boulevard between Central Avenue and Schulte Road until shortly after 6 p.m. Friday while traffic officers conducted their investigation.

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HiddenLake37
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July 31, 2012
Tough way to get taught a lesson. I bet he'll never do that again...
Bronzindian
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December 28, 2012
Well that's my cousin and sadly to say no this didn't even phase him.
tracyfam5
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July 30, 2012
I am shocked by the majority of comments on this subject. It's pretty disheartening. Someone was badly injured! And the poor kid who hit him now has to deal with this accident. Seriously who cares why they crossed the street, how fast they moved and why he was in town! It was a terrible accident.

I live off Tracy Blvd/Schulte and have crossed (yes in the crosswalk) many times...and still have to run for my life to make it across. People do not drive the speed limit and they do not give pedestrians the right of way.

I agree many kids walk too slow across the street-while jay walking and even when using cross walks. It is a major concern of mine since I have a teenager myself. They do act like idiots when they are with friends. Why is walking slow "cool"?? I am hoping to share this as another example of how dangerous crossing a busy street (or any street) can be. This part of Tracy Blvd. seems especially dangerous, there have been far too many accidents. Hopefully, everyone can be more aware and cautious and courteous to one another.
tracyresdnt
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July 30, 2012
Disheartened then by your own comments, you are.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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July 30, 2012
It might be argued th guy didn't jaywalk because he failed ta completely cross th road, if ya want ta take a narrow view of th law.

It might also be argued his friends didn't either in that they crossed between two intersections an one did not have a traffic control signal, if ya want ta take a narrow view of th law.

But th VC also states that within a municipality that municipality has th authority ta define what is an what is not considered ta be jaywalkin.

In that vein I recomment City Council adopt a local law sayin that on any street that is non-residential or whair th posted speed limit fer vehicular traffic exceeds 25 MPH that it is illegal fer pedestrian to cross the road anywhair thair is not a pedestrian crosswalk regardless if traffic control signals exist or not.

It's unfair ta make motorists guess an stupid ta thank that pedestrians are gonna automatically know whair they can safely cross or not.

So whair th CA VC stupidly doesn't adequately define it it at lest does allow th local municipality ta correct that stupidity.

Th pedestrian that stupidly claim's "I am right" isn't gonna be able ta make that statement if he or she is dead.
monsterdad3k
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July 30, 2012
Ornley, I don't believe another law is necessary, cops have the discretion already. Let's not pass unnecessary laws. People will continue to jaywalk regardless of the law anyway. This is just a case of a kid doing something he probably shouldn't have and it was a terrible accident that resulted. We've all been 18 and done dumb stuff. Ya know?
pinkwillow
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July 30, 2012
So Ornley,

How much will it cost to paint crosswalks for the entire city, and make a new ordinance (that won't be enforced), because a kid lost his balance and was hit by a vehicle?

Excellent knee jerk reaction, oh wait let me say it so you understand.

Th fer ta wher stupidly.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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July 31, 2012
Pinkwillow

At times I believe ya ta be delusional.

Whair did I indicate that crosswalks should or even could be painted all over th city?
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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July 31, 2012
monsterdad3k

Agree we have too many laws on th books. What I'm talkin about here is correctin a poorly written law in th VC through local ordinance ta take th ambiguity out of th law.

Th cops can arrest em but as soon as it hits th courts they know they can get off. Th reason is th ambiguity in th VC.

Already thair ar several cases before th court, which cost us, th taxpayer money, whair scofflaws have either caused accidents by thair jaywalkin or have gotten hit an caused other damages whair thair court appointed attorneys, (who pays fer them in th long run?) usin th rather foolish definitions of what contitutes jaywalkin under th VC an are or have gotten thair clients off.

Yes, 1 ta 110 year-olds are gonna do stupid thangs an make poor decisions. We all do.

But it's rather foolish ta expect yer police ta attempt ta crack down in th pursuit of public safety when th revolvin door of a poorly written law lets em go an th only thang accomplished was ta raise th overall bill ta th taxpayer.

People are gonna speed regardless of th law, da ya propose we simply abandon all efforts ta control speed on our highways an thoroughfares?

I don't thank ya would.
pinkwillow
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July 31, 2012
Ornley,

Was that ANOTHER personal attack on me? "delusional"?

You want make a law saying you can't cross the street anywhere but in a crosswalk, in non residential areas where the speed limit is over 25mph.

The city would have to put in many more marked crosswalks to facilitate crossing the street just for the kids to get to and from school.

And if the city made it an ordinance then the ticket would go to the city attorney, not the DA. and there is no right to council or jury trial for an infraction. But we would have to hire more city employees to cover the workload of processing all of the extra citations and hearings that your new law would generate.

Ornley you should be a politician cause you are making government bigger for no apparent reason. Or are you already in government?

But way to put no thought into the problem before spouting off.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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August 01, 2012
pinkwillow

Spoilin fer a fight aren't ya? Well frankly I don't have th time or th inclination as it would be akin ta fightin an unarmed man.

Ya got a strange notion of rules, ordinances an such but that's yer rignt.

Instead of bein a part of th problem I suggest ya attempt in bein a part of th solution.

All I have seen here, frum ya an others here are complaints an not any suggestions on how ta make thangs better. That makes ya a part of th problem if nothin else does.

Ya got some ideas? Bring em out. But if ya got nothin more than complaints yer wastin yer breath an while some might agree with ya yer not gonna make anything better so ya might as well stop wastin yer time.

As poor as th VC is it does offer communities a chance ta make effective changes. Or ya can just continue ta carp about how bad th police are doin thair jobs an not give em th effective tools ta really do thair jobs effectively.

Th reason ya have jaywalkers, especially in our young people taday, is that while people know it's a bad idea an against th law, they don't care.

It's not gonna effect them an they know better. That is until they get bug splattered on someone's fender or windshield.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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August 01, 2012
So go right ahead an continue ta spoil fer a fight with me if ya wish. Yer problems don't really matter all that much ta me an frankly I'm sorry that ya don't have anythang better in yer life than ta continually complain about everythang. Must be pretty miserable fer ya an I do feel bad about that but thair ain't really anything I can do about it so I don't worry much about it.

Have yerself a nice day an be glad ya still have a life ta live. That alone is somethang ta be thankful about even if it's filled with otherthangs that are painful.
Wobbley
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July 30, 2012
People wonder why J-walking is illegal? That short cut will cost the young man for the rest of his life.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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July 31, 2012
Which one? Actually both. Th one hit an th one that hit him. Physical an mental damage ta both.

Unless th driver has other mental problems hittin this kid, right or wrong, is gonna leave some mental scars. Not ta mention, who's gonna pay fer th physical damages ta both th kid that got hit an th driver of th vehicle?

Insurance? Th state? Who? Any way ya look at it th whole stupidity has a cost ta th entire public when it all could have been avoided in th first place.

Feel bad about th kid's injuries. Feel bad fer th driver too even though no one apparently does or not many at best.
shelly13
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July 30, 2012
I know someone who got a ticket in another city for crossing the street , not in a crosswalk. There was no traffic signal in sight...so it should ahae been ok according to your comment. I guess it depends on the cop and whether they have met their quota yet? Lol Yes it was a horrible accident. But I could just see it in my head. Teenagers not really paying attention, maybe goofing a bit, then something bad happens. Be careful in traffic people. I was not there so I dont know. But according to the people I know who live there and were there, they wer not careful. Just a lesson. PS concerned, were you there?
pinkwillow
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July 29, 2012
Who's that crime scene tech, she's hot?
ConcernedTracyResident
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July 29, 2012
So just that every one here knows, the kids were not Jay Walking and yes it is a crime ( Infraction only ) even if they were Jay Walking. Why is everyone caught up on the fact they might have been Jay Walking. It was a terrible accident and only an accident.

Jaywalking

What exactly is jaywalking? What is the monetary fine for jaywalking?

Origin of the word: Jaywalking is a compound word. "Jay" refers to a foolish rural person who is unfamiliar with city ways.

Technically, jaywalking refers to a pedestrian who violates traffic regulations, particularly when crossing a street or road.

Under California state law, a pedestrian may generally cross a roadway anywhere along the road without jaywalking. But there are exceptions. Here are the main exceptions:

Exception #1:

Classic Jaywalking: If you are between two adjacent intersections that are both controlled by "traffic control signal devices" (i.e. a traffic light), then you, the pedestrian, must cross at the intersection. See California Vehicle Code §21955.

Issue: What if a person walks only part way across the street? What is he or she does not completely cross the street? Does this jaywalking statut
shelly13
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July 29, 2012
So they crossed the northbound lanes of Tracy Blvd there? Yes that is jay walking or crossing the street not in a crosswalk. I saw the spray paint from the investigation. I know someone who lives there and saw the kid. They were on the median and stepped/tripped off of it....thus not in a crosswalk...thus jaywalking. There was a crosswalk not that far away.
tracyresdnt
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July 29, 2012
ConcernedTracyResident--- ummm, wha? Gee, I can't imagine why people are caught up with this kid's jaywalking... Just can't figure that one out.
victor_jm
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July 30, 2012
Concerned Tracy Resident,

You are, again, asking the wrong questions. Perhaps we ought to consider the judgment of the pedestrians, regardless of the issue of jaywalking.

Did they use good judgment while crossing the street? Tell you what, every day, when I elect to drive, I witness the poor judgment of young people crossing streets, and many of them do so with this "entitlement" attitude. Now, I don't know what happened here, so I posit no further comment.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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July 31, 2012
Not ta make light of a serious an sad situation but in readin shelly13's comment I was reminded of th question, "Why did th jaywalker cross inta th median?"

Note shelly13, he had ta cross a section of road ta get ta th median. Splittin hairs that he tripped off th median, fer what ever reason, doesn't negate th fact he had ta have crossed th road ta get thair. An if thair was a crosswalk not that far away, why didn't he an his friends use it?

Under th strict defination of ConcernedTracyResident's understandin of jaywalkin an whair th word came from, it was a poor decision on th part of ta person hit that initially was th root cause of th accident.

Yep, parhaps th driver should have been more attentive but if th kid/kids hadn't exercised poor judgement th accident would never have occured.

Police don't enforce jaywalkin laws because there are no teeth in th current laws an it's just throwin away more taxpayer money fer them ta attempt ta do so under th present condition of th laws. An, while they may be foolish young people, our kids are smart enough ta know this so they jaywalk knowin that nothin bad is gonna happen ta em if they get caught. Nothin that is until we see an accident such as this.

A change in th municipal code in Tracy wouldn't cost much money, save a lot of taxpayer money an hopefully save at least one life. Ta me th nominal amount of money spent ta change our municipal code an give our police th legal tool ta start ta combat jaywalkin, even if it only saves one life, or th damage ta one life as in this case, would be worth th cost.

No, I am not in favor of more laws but th laws we currently have need ta be correct Or we shouldn't have em. Th current laws consarnin jaywalkin are not correct. It's really that simple.

Ya all want yer police ta do this an that but why won't ya give em th correct tools ta do it?
caliborn
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July 28, 2012
It is for this reason--the slight chance of something similar happening--that driving my child to and from Kimball makes me anxious. With no sidewalk, no shoulder, a steady stream of traffic in both directions, and lots of teens walking or bike riding (many seemingly not realizing what a dangerous situation they're in), there is no room for error. One jesting shove, one misstep, one slip-up in gravel--that's all it would take for a tragedy to happen there. Quite honestly, the potential for disaster freaks me out!
mommyofthree
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July 28, 2012
People who are from San Jose are NOT the only ones who cross the street not in a crosswalk! LOL I see people especially near Tracy Blvd and Grant Line just strolling taking their sweet flipping time crossing the street with no cares in the world. Who cares if there are cars coming, they can wait for me.... Mostly stupid teens too......
shelly13
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July 28, 2012
PS I feel real bad for the driver.I hate the pic of him. It makes me feel so sad. My thoughts go out to you too buddy. It wasn't your fault.
Pandabear19
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July 28, 2012
I just can't keep my mouth shut any longer! The majority of commenters on Tracy Press should be permanently disabled from posting comments on news stories. If I lived in the neighborhoods of the commenters of this article, I would conclude you guys are the stuck up ones that crap talk each neighbor, and wonder which one will break into your mini van that you use to shuttle perfect Jimmy and Jenny to soccer practice in!! Instead of wondering what the heck someone from San Jose was doing crossing a street in Tracy, why don't you wonder how you can help society? Go donate your time to somewhere that will make you less likely to stereo type. Or better yet, take your questions and join the police force. Maybe you can help them fight crime with your outstanding questions.
shelly13
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July 28, 2012
Dont get your panties in a bunch. Only one person said that you know. There are over 80,000 people in Tracy.

I saw the commotion with the medivac and was very worried about both the driver and the j-walker. Hey I have to say Im not perfect and I j-walk a time or two. Not very smart of any of us to do that..case in point.

PS I use my minivan to shuttle my kids to baseball, not soccer. Sounds like you are doing a lot of judging yourself. Calm down and take a long look in the mirror. This incident is a good use for everyone to be more careful and obey the law. Cross in a crosswalk!
rosa62
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July 29, 2012
Let me clear something up for you Pandabear19. I do volunteer for a charity; Tracy Interfaith to be exact, and I do see people who struggle to make it in life.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the true innocent victim of this accident, the person driving the truck who hit the young man, and the young man's family who is forced to suffer through this situation.
rosa62
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July 28, 2012
Sorry to see this young man get injured in this way but I do have to ask;

"What was an 18 year old from San Jose doing crossing Tracy Blvd in Tracy?

Maybe he was visiting relatives, maybe he was here to see friends, maybe he was a gangbanger here on business.

Anyway you look at it, he had no business "J-walking" which is the term used for crossing outside of the crosswalk. By the way, "J-walking" is a misdemeanor so he was breaking the law.

I wonder if his pants were down around his thighs and that caused him to slip and fall in front of the vehicle?
longtimetracyrez
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July 30, 2012
are you kidding? thats your contribution to this tragic story? Whether he had his pants down to his thighs ? What a self righteous commentary. Perhaps you should spend more time "volunteering at Tracy Interfaith" than judging people - and assigning blame without knowing whether he tripped or did what we all have done, jay walk, with tragic consequences.
Networld
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July 30, 2012
@Rosa62...., Lol!!! I'm still laughing!

Now he has no choice BUT to walk super slow. Lol!



Btw- on a serious note... Glad to hear he survived and I hope the driver won't be charged.
victor_jm
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July 30, 2012
Rosa,

I will not make reckless conjectures about this pedestrian, but I have many times witnessed a young person wearing a cap with its bill off to the side, as if he were a clown, talking on the phone and holding his pants up while crossing the street, not looking up to see whether he was safe in the crosswalk.

This sight wasn't an exception.
tracyfam5
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July 30, 2012
WOW- It is too bad that you mentioned Tracy Interfaith and then made such a careless comment about this young man's pants. It seems you have already judged him.
Bronzindian
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December 28, 2012
He is my cousin and just to answer your questions No he did not have his pants down around his thighs.
Sneaky
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July 28, 2012
I was thinking something similar when reading the article; not a crosswalk in site in those photos. You have to wonder what was going through the pedestrians head. Given the backwards stumble off the median I wouldnt be surprised if they were drinking or on some other mind altering substance.

The super slow thing caught my attention to. That just annoys the crap out of me when someone walks really slow while crossing the street. I am not talking about the disabled or elderly, that is perfectly understandable. Plus its not usually them that do it, its the teens and twenty somethings. They walk like they are dragging a 1000 lb boulder behind them or like perhaps they are intentionally crossing the street as slow as possible to piss everyone off. I dont get it. When I cross the street I want to get the heck out of the way as quick as possible to minimize the risk of getting hit.
tracyresdnt
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July 28, 2012
I guess crosswalks are for sissies. A guy crossed 11th street in front of me (not in a crosswalk) and didn't even glance in my direction as he strolled accross. Lucky for him I wasn't texting...


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