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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 12:11 pm, Fri Aug 12, 2011.

A 12-year-old girl was transported to an area medical center after crossing into the path of an oncoming vehicle Thursday afternoon, said Officer Eric Versteeg of the Lodi Police Department.

The girl sustained a head injury that was not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

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  • Linda Ramos posted at 12:30 pm on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Linda Ramos Posts: 4

    sorry....not sure how it posted twice...:-(

  • Ingrid Pardoe posted at 12:24 pm on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Ingrid Pardoe Posts: 1

    I live by Reese Elem. and between Reese, Millswood, Lodi High it is nearly impossible to drive. Not only do the kids not look before crossing but you also have big SUV's, trucks, etc parked close to corners and its very difficult to turn onto the streets as you have no idea if there is a car coming or not. I purposely go the round about way to avoid Elm & Pacific.
    I do hope the little girl makes a full recovery. But I have to ask, why didn't she cross at the crosswalk with the guard-lady?

  • Linda Ramos posted at 12:15 pm on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Linda Ramos Posts: 4

    Try the intersection of Scarborough and Century!!!!. 3 schools there...and it's only a two-way stop. I cringe when I see there is no crossing guard (luckily, she is there most days). I am a parent...and I deal with the traffic on a regular basis...yes, most parents are ...dare I say, idiots. I always park away from the school...NEVER block a driveway (I usually get there 20 minutes early to find a normal stop) and I follow the speed limit. I had an older lady the other day get really ticked off at me as I was going 25 down a street with lots of kids....she was tailing and honking her horn....mad I was going so slow. Seriously....what's up with people!!??? As she sped by I noticed a "Jesus" sticker on her car...ironic.

  • Jay Samone posted at 10:41 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Kevin - I have long thought that Lodi needs to do something with their crosswalks. Stockton has an interesting thing going by the courthouse. It's loud - there's a HUGE yellow pedestrian crossing barrier in between the two lanes and flashing lights. Lodi needs to do something. If they can put flashing lights ont he grounds for the crosswalk on Lockeford by the Grape Festival grounds, then they should do it at EACH AND EVERY crosswalk. They also need to remove that stupid "Right Turn Only" sign on the corner of Ham and Lodi Ave. NO ONE pays attention to it and last week I watched a kid step out into the crosswalk (thinking he had the right of way) and a driver turned into him and almost hit him.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:53 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    It's not just the schools. Last night about 8ish I ran out to the store. Coming back on Ham I saw a teen in the crosswalk next to Tokay so I stopped. A SUV that was two blocks behind me when i stopped kept going in the other lane and just missed the poor kid by a couple feet. Driver never even hit the breaks.

    I am a strong proponent of speed bumps in school zones.

  • Jay Samone posted at 9:42 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Joanne - we're very close by in neighborhoods, and I pass by four schools on my way to hit the freeway in the morning and I HATE IT. YES these parents need to get a grip. Racing down the street and then driving way below the speed limit looking for a parking spot in front, pulling out in front of oncoming traffic, stopping in the middle of the road to let their kid and then speed off, parking in people's driveways (or blocking them) - you name it they do it. On my days off (if during the week and when school's in) I NEVER drive around town between 7:30 - 8am and 1:45 - 2:45. Last Friday I almost got creamed by a woman racing into the gas station with her two kids in the car. Her reason for the rush? She was running late (as she kept reminding them in the gas station) and apparently didn't feed her kids breakfast OR pack them a lunch because they were buying donuts, snack foods and beef jerkey. And to top it off I almost sideswiped another "mother" who pulled out in front of me while leaving Washington on Lockeford who then proceeded to tap the brakes and flip ME off when I passed her......Seriously............if it weren't for the great restraint I miraculously had, I would have been going to jail that morning and someone would have ended up in the hospital.

    Maybe the school district needs to stagger classroom start times - it would ease the ridiculous traffic stupidity and maybe ease the teacher to student ratio a bit.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:44 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    School traffic in Lodi is a real problem - I agree with Ms. Samone that parents dropping and picking up students are some of the worst offenders. I live around the corner from Vinewood School and I avoid leaving home between 2PM-2:45PM because whatever route I take I run into either Vinewood, Lodi Middle, LHS, or Reese traffic. I've actually seen people drive into the intersection at Tokay and Mills while the crossing guard was returning to the other side to cross more children.

    Our former mail lady was forced to changed her route so that she would not be on Mills Ave. when school let out because she had been almost run over several times by crazed parents. And forget the mornings....starting at 7:30AM you can see cars racing down Mills going at least 10-15 mph over the 30 mph speed limit to drop kids at Vinewood.

    They used to have a patrol car parked periodically on Tokay and Mills in the mornings, but I haven't seen that lately. Need to step up some enforcement again around schools.

  • Jay Samone posted at 7:53 am on Fri, Aug 12, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Well - I hate to say this but this was only a matter of time before a kid got hit. The first week of school I watched on three seperate days as inattentive drivers nearly hit two high school students and an elementary student walking to school. I see two things that are occurring - 1) parents CLEARLY haven't talk their kids to "look both ways before crossing the street" and 2) drivers (mostly parents) are in too much of a rush to get to wherever they need to go after they drop their kids off at school.

    These parents in Lodi are the RUDEST and most INATTENTIVE drivers I have ever seen. I hope the girl recoveres completely for her injuries.



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