Most of our San Mateo County readers probably know that younger drivers seem to be more prone to being involved in car accidents than other drivers. This could be due to a variety of factors, including lack of experience behind the wheel, but these days it could also be due to inattention or distraction because of cell phone use while driving. Investigators will consider all factors in the wake of a recent fatal accident that occurred near 25th Avenue, in which a 66-year-old woman died.
According to the reports, the 66-year-old woman was crossing the road in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by an SUV driven by an 18-year-old woman. The collision occurred at around 6:15 a.m., and as a result the lack of daylight is also being considered among the factors which could have played a role in the accident. The 66-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene. The 18-year-old driver of the SUV apparently did not suffer any injuries.
The driver of the SUV was not immediately arrested on any criminal charges associated with the collision. An accident investigation is ongoing, but besides the potential of cell phone distraction by the driver and the lighting conditions at the time of the accident, authorities will also be trying to determine the vehicle's speed at the time of the crash. The initial reports indicated that alcohol was not suspected as a factor in the collision.
No matter what is ultimately determined to be the cause of this tragic accident, the victim's family will still be dealing with the loss of a loved one. If it is determined that the accident was preventable, that will probably only make it harder for family members, knowing that the driver's negligence caused their loss.
Source: San Mateo County Times, "San Mateo: Woman killed in crosswalk," Joshua Melvin, Oct. 7, 2013