Teens struck in crosswalk
by Lenny Roberts
Two Nordhoff High School girls were struck in a crosswalk Wednesday
morning as they left the campus on lunch break. The driver of
the vehicle, a 16-year-old, also a Nordhoff student, was not
According to Deputy Jeff Marrs, Ojai's traffic investigation
officer, Carley Marr, 16, was knocked straight to the ground
by the impact, and suffered a broken right wrist. More seriously
injured was 17-year-old Lindsay Morgan, who was struck and carried
approximately 30 feet from the crosswalk that crosses Maricopa
Highway at Pirie Road. When paramedics arrived from their nearby
headquarters, Morgan was found lying near the passenger's side
door in the roadway. She sustained a broken pelvis, and the vehicle,
a 2000 Toyota pickup truck, displayed a dented hood and cracked
windshield as evidence of the impact.
According to Ojai Valley Community
Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Thompson Thursday, Marr had been treated
and released, and Morgan remained hospitalized in stable condition.
Marrs said that pending an ongoing investigation which will involve
numerous witnesses, Teter's vehicle was apparently traveling
at a low rate of speed when the girls were struck.
Marrs described the area in front of and around Nordhoff as dangerous,
especially when school is in session.
"This is a bad section between Valle Rio and Pirie. Tom
Triplett (Ojai's motor officer) and I were on a traffic stop
on Church Road when we got the call. We do a lot of enforcement
here. It's a place where people need to be careful," Marrs
Deputy Bud McCracken, Ojai's school resource officer, said that
two years ago, when he was the city's traffic safety officer,
he suggested to Caltrans that the stretch of highway in front
of Nordhoff be reduced to two lanes, as it is at intersections
both north and south of the school.
"Caltrans considered but rejected the idea, saying that
it couldn't be reduced for 20 minutes twice a day," McCracken
said. "It didn't make sense. There's no bottleneck on either
side where it's two lanes."
McCracken said the city and/or Caltrans should consider, as a
reasonable alternative to a reduction of lanes, flashing red
lights that would be triggered by pedestrians who intend to enter
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paramedics prepare Carley Marr, 16, for transport to nearby Ojai
Valley Community Hospital, where she was treated and released.