Teens in crosswalk hit by elderly driver
Two 14-year-old boys were injured Saturday afternoon after they were struck by an auto driven by a 92-year-old man.
One of the teens was taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa with a possible skull fracture. The second was taken to Sonoma Valley Hospital where he was treated for abrasions and released.
According to Sgt. Spencer Crum, with the Sonoma Police Department, the teens were crossing Fifth Street West at Curtin Lane at about 12:40 p.m. – and were in the crosswalk – when they were struck by an auto driven by 92-year-old Levon Arkelian of Sonoma who was southbound on Fifth Street West in his 2003 Toyota Corolla. Arkelian told officers he didn’t see the teens.
Crum said the speed limit in this area is 25 miles an hour and that speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the collision. He said the crosswalk is an improved crosswalk in front of Sassarini Elementary School with yellow flashing lights embedded in the roadway as well as a sign with lights that flash when activated by a pedestrian using the crosswalk. Witnesses and the boys said all lights were activated at the time they crossed.
Arkelian was cited for failing to yield for pedestrians in a crosswalk and has been referred to DMV for a priority reexamination of his driver's license.