Saturday Oct 25 2008
Pedestrian crossing Highway 49 struck by car
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Auburn man, 50, suffers major injuries in North Auburn accident
A man trying to cross busy Highway 49 on foot Saturday in North Auburn was struck by a vehicle and suffered major, life-threatening injuries. A California Highway Patrol officer at the scene said the man was crossing about 50 yards north of the Edgewood Road intersection. Going from west to east, he was struck by a car in the northbound slow lane, the officer said. The pedestrian, a 50-year-old Auburn resident whose name had not been released by early afternoon, collided with the front of the car and then struck the windshield. The accident occurred just after 11 a.m. Kurt Jensen, a technician at Speedee Oil Change on Highway 49, said he watched the man and a woman he was with trying to cross the highway. They had dropped their vehicle off at the business and had gone across the highway for breakfast at Pappy’s restaurant, he said. Jensen said the man and woman were returning to Speedee when the accident occurred. The man walked out into the northbound lanes from the center on the five-lane highway while the woman stayed where she was in the center lane, he said. The car didn’t have a chance to slow down before hitting the man, he said. The Highway Patrol estimated the vehicle’s speed at from 35 mph to 45 mph. The man was transported to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. Auburn’s Mark Lizotte said he saw the emergency efforts at the scene and was shocked that what had been a routine visit to an auto shop and a restaurant had gone so wrong. Knowing Highway 49, Lizotte said it’s too dangerous to cross on foot. “I’ve been here 30 years and can remember when it was a two-lane road,” Lizotte said. “Now it’s like a freeway. I can’t imagine crossing this road. It’s like crossing I-80.” The driver of the car was identified by the Highway Patrol as Joan Holloway, 84, of Auburn. At this time, it doesn’t appear any charges will be filed against the driver, Officer Kelly Baraga said. The driver and a passenger were uninjured. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at email@example.com.