Sunday, January 1, 2017

Look Up Lebo, Look Down Lebo, Look Out Lebo - Which is it?

Another pedestrian was hit last month. The media report for the pedestrian who was hit near Mayfair on December 7th, was sent while I was on vacation.
From: Aaron Lauth []
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:33 AM
To: Lebo Citizens Reader
Subject: Re: hit pedestrian

On December 7, 2016 at approximately 10:07 am, Mt. Lebanon Police responded with other emergency services to the area of 205 Woodhaven Drive to investigate a reported motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash.  Upon arrival, it was determined that the crash had originally occurred on Mayfair Drive at its intersection with Washington Road.  The striking vehicle and driver were now in front of the residence at 205 Woodhaven Drive.  An investigation of Mayfair Drive at its intersection with Washington Road revealed that there were no adverse conditions and the roadway was dry/free of defects at the time of the crash. 

Officers spoke with the 59 yr old female driver who related that she was driving her vehicle, a 2014 white Nissan, eastbound in the right curb lane of Mayfair Drive near its intersection with Washington Road.  She observed a steady red signal at the intersection and noticed a large amount of traffic in the area. The driver related that she "may have been distracted" and began to turn right (southbound) onto Washington Road.  As she turned, she struck a pedestrian within the marked crosswalk on Mayfair Drive.  She then stopped her vehicle and checked on the pedestrian.  Officers did not observe any damage to the vehicle as a result of the crash.

Officers then spoke with the 16 yr old male pedestrian.  The pedestrian stated that he was walking northbound on the western side sidewalk along Washington Road approaching its intersection with Mayfair Drive.  He observed the "Walk" signal at the intersection and began to cross Mayfair Drive within the marked crosswalk.  As he was walking within the crosswalk, he was struck on his left side by the vehicle.  He then fell forward toward the ground.  The pedestrian related that as he fell, the vehicle rolled along/over his left leg, from foot to knee.  He complained of left ankle and shin pain as a result of the crash.  Officers observed that the pedestrian sustained minor abrasions to both knees as a result of the crash. MRTSA was requested to the scene for an evaluation. The pedestrian was ultimately transported to St. Clair Hospital by his father.

No other witnesses were identified for this incident.  The driver was ultimately issued a citation for the following violation of the PA Vehicle Code:

Section 3542(a) - Failure to Yield to Pedestrian in Crosswalk 

Aaron V. Lauth
Chief of Police
Mt Lebanon Police Department
555 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA  15228
FBI NA Session #264


Anonymous said...

Elaine, I like your third option... "Look Out Lebo."
Not because we're a community of homicidal drivers or suicidal pedestrians, but because it's the right thing to do.

The Boy Scouts have a similar message, "Be Prepared."

Anonymous said...

From Boy Scouts:
"The Scout Motto is: BE PREPARED which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.
Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.
Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it."

And to be gender neutral:
"The motto of the Girl Guides is "Be Prepared". Why is this? It is because, like the other Guides, you have to be prepared at any moment to face difficulties and even dangers by knowing what to do and how to do it."

Hey, maybe if we start instilling that thinking in our kids and ourselves we wouldn't need Unity Rallies to deal with racism and hate symbols or killing deer.

Anonymous said...

Do they teach anything like "be prepared" in the Lebo schools? Just wondering. It seems like it would be so beneficial if they did. Or is that too outside the box for them?

Nick M.