H-SANTA MARIA

Jul 2, 2013 7:30 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Cars not stopping for people in crosswalks

The investigation into the cause of a crash that killed a 15 year old in a crosswalk Saturday in Santa Maria is still under investigation.

While the family of Leticia Hernandez prepares to say goodbye, safety remains an issue on city streets.

As kids, we're taught by our parents to always look both ways before crossing the road and use crosswalks, but how safe are the crosswalks we use every day?

"I cross the street daily going over to court. My office is over here and each day you cross, you're going to find somebody who's not going to see you," said one local resident.

"We go out on walks on a daily basis and you do have to be careful whether there are crosswalks or not because you never know who's behind the wheel," said another.

On Saturday, Hernandez was killed while she crossed the busy intersection of Miller and Newlove. She was using an unmarked crosswalk at the time.

"Typically we have marked crosswalks at signalized intersections," said Santa Maria Public Works Director David Whitehead. "Unmarked crosswalks occur at regular intersections. As the name suggests, an unmarked crosswalk does not have a sign or a signal."

However, it is still legal for people to cross there, but without a signal the risk does increase.

We had our KSBY intern attempt to cross that same intersection today and cars blew by as if he wasn't even there.

Even in a clearly marked crosswalk outside the Santa Maria police station, cars barely stopped in time for another pedestrian.

As the number of distracted drivers on the road continues to increase, many people on foot are caught in the crossfire.

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