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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 10 - 12

Jane Hirsch

Chair, Sonoma Valley Health Care District

Dangerous crossing

EDITOR: The City of Sonoma needs to take immediate action to remedy the situation at the intersection of Fifth Street West and West MacArthur before someone is killed.

At 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 a sober, young, out-of-town driver in a Chevy pickup did not “see” the sign and rammed with great force into our Ford Escape halfway through the intersection where I was a passenger. We were traveling west on West MacArthur. We stopped and were proceeding slowly through the intersection. If we were 15 seconds further into the intersection, I would be dead. I was transported to Sonoma ER with a cut/bruised arm and a concussion.

At this four-way stop intersection, the stop sign, is partially obscured by the Crape Myrtle trees (for drivers traveling south from West Napa to West MacArthur.) Further, the reflective surface of the sign is badly worn making it difficult to see at night. There is no warning sign: “Stop Ahead” as there is on the previous block, but there should be one!

The police were called. The young man was cited for not stopping at a stop sign. Both vehicles were towed away. The Escape was so badly damaged it was deemed totaled. Lives were changed. The woman who lives on the corner came out and told me cars run that stop sign all the time.

To be done as soon as possible.

1.Trim the trees obscuring the stop sign.

2. Put in a new reflective stop sign.

3. Add further up Fifth Street West a: “Stop Ahead” sign.

4. Consider more police surveillance of the intersection

Judy Lehner

Sonoma